[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/15/art.obamaweb.cnn.jpg caption="Obama’s campaign has revamped language on the Iraq portion of its Web site."] (CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign revamped the Iraq policy section of its Web site over the weekend, removing a portion highly critical of President Bush’s troop surge policy.
The old version of the Web page stated “the surge is not working” and said the reduction in violence in the Anbar Province should be credited to the cooperation of Sunni tribes and American troops, not additional military force. “It demonstrates that the solutions in Iraq are political, not military,” it read.
On the new page, Obama credits the “military’s hard work, improved counterinsurgency tactics, and enormous sacrifice by our troops” for a reduction in violence. The presumptive Democratic nominee does not deny positive effects of the surge in the new version of his Web site, but criticizes the Iraqi government for not stepping up to reach a political solution.
Obama national security spokesperson Wency Morigi said the campaign had remained consistent. “Senator Obama has long said that the stated purpose of the surge was to create breathing room for political reconciliation, and that has not happened” and that the campaign had added “ updated language on the Iraq section of the website to help further clarify that point.”
“And, the simple fact is that we update our website frequently to keep up with events—like the current state of play with the Status of Forces Agreement, which was updated at the exact same time. We take our presence on the web seriously, and folks expect us to keep our website current,” she said.