July 15th, 2008
12:39 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama Web site now less critical of troop surge

[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.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Matthew

    Yes folks, that is the sound of flip flops.

    McCain, please don't go ahead and pick some right wing nut as a running mate. This Dem is willing to vote for you if you keep in moderate.

    July 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. HAM

    To FLIP or to FLOP.... that is the question...

    What a joke

    July 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr July 15th, 2008 3:57 pm ET
    smart candidate…when Obama sees improvements, he realigns his strategy; making him the better judgement candidate for president.

    Experience with John McShame = losing my mind!!!!!
    I AGREE 100%

    July 15, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. not important

    Smart man. So McCain says yes to everything. McCain must think that Iraq war is perfect? Obama knows how to handle the war in Iraq. McCain only knows how to expand the war in Iraq.

    July 15, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    The SURGE did nothing in the long run. It is a FALIURE. You want to bring the number of casualties down?


    July 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Ms. RDS

    OMG...he looked at the facts and made a statement...a factual statement. What kind of president relies on facts and logic to make descisions. Boy I tell you only an inexperienced candidate would make a rational statement based on something that is true. How dare he! I don't want the truth, facts, reasoning, logic. I want someone to lie to me. This is why im voting for McCain....NOT

    OBAMA "08"

    July 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. not important

    One could say that Obama is not a Bush "yes man" like John McCain is.

    July 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Nom Deplume

    Everyone duck. Obama is triangulating again!

    I say it again. Obama is being a magician. By getting us to focus on his flip flops, we avoid discussing the radical agenda that Pelosi, Kennedy and Obama will impose on what's left of American Values after the election.

    Pay attention Americans, while you still have a country.

    July 15, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. C from Texas

    Anything to get elected, he'll change his tune before the elections. You people really think he's going to pull the troops out? he'll pull the ones their out and replace them with new ones from the draft.

    McCain "08

    July 15, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Morningstar

    What is the point? No message is eternal. Each message has its time. When a time for a message is over, the message is removed and replaced by a new one. Everybody and every organization do it. I don't see you posting exactly the same message over and over here. This is not FLIP FLOP

    By the way MISSION ACCOMPLISHED from President Bush is the mother of all flip flops and the most costly.

    July 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. John in Columbus Ohio

    The surge is working... in Iraq.

    It's caused the foreign terrorists to jump over to Afghanistan and get back to fighting us there.


    July 15, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. yns

    The man of change..... flip-flop....flip-flop.... flip-flop

    July 15, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Texan

    Obama bashed the troop surge from the moment it was mentioned. If Obama was in charge, the surge never would have happened. He would have started pulling troops out in the middle of the so called Iraq"Civil War"
    It would have been a complete mess and we would have left the country in utter chaos. You think $4 a gallon gas is bad, if Obama was in charge, we'd already be at $10 a gallon.

    July 15, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Justin, Ohio

    Guys, seriously, the Messiah did not flip flop. It's obvious. He has just become enlightened on the fact that conditions in Iraq have improved since the surge. Now that he can't say that the surge is failing, he must turn to something else to be critical of. Please Lord Obama, SAVE US! part the seas, and spread magic dust to solve our energy problems.

    July 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Freida, NYC

    I should Obama should change his name to "flip-flop." The man can't make up his mind.

    July 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Anonymous


    July 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Abby

    I love a man who is willing to learn. If GWB had paid attention to facts coming in, we wouldn’t be in a war.

    July 15, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Obama Supporter from FL

    We do expect Obama to keep his website current. We also expect that McCain might know how to use the internet. Hey, 1 outta 2 ain't bad!

    July 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Barack "No new taxes, except if you're really, really wealthy, so you don't need to worry about that" Obama

    Don't forget: Obama is for "change".
    Like changing his stance on important issues when presented with FACTS.

    July 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Pick Me! Pick Me!!

    At what human cost is the "surge" working?

    Do you have anyone over there for a second or third tour? Do your children call your name in the middle of the night not knowing if you will be coming home again? Have you heard the horrific screams in the middle of the night at the rehab hospitals?

    Is it worth it?

    It is worth it to those who sacrifice the least or not at all.

    July 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Homo Sapien

    The Dems put all of their 2006 political capital for getting elected into hoping that the majority would think that the war was worthless and not worth fighting. A conducive argument to this hope is to say "the war is unwinnable because our strategy has failed, so we should just get out ASAP and hope the Iraqis turn out alright in the end". The dems won in 2006 because they convinced the majority that the surge was failing. If they renege on this slogan of theirs, they will be accused of flip-flopping, and lose their good odds at re-election. Thus they find themselves in a tough situation- admit that they're wrong and have the majority look down on them for taking so long, or hope that the majority will continue to follow them blindly. I think McCain to be the better choice, because he backed the surge and was right about it from the beginning, but Obama has earned my applause for being wiling to admit that he was wrong and has seen the light.

    July 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Jerry, Florida

    Flip-flop, flip-flop! If this is not flip-flopping, what is? All this flip flopping by Senator Obama should be of benefit to Senator McCain's campaign. What do you expect from an inexperienced rookie? The Senator is trying to climb the ladder too fast/too early. Gain experience, then, try again. Definitely, there will not be so many questions after that.

    America, stay awake, stay vigilant!

    Oh well... At least stay tuned...

    July 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Tommy

    This should make McCain't happy when he reads it. Oh wait, he doesn't even know how to turn on a computer! Nevermind.

    July 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Everyone knows that obama is the quick change artist. He is the Van Gogh of Change.

    If he isn't throwing someone under the bus, he is changing his position. Now he wants to have a big war in Afghanistan and unilaterally invade Pakistan, a country Mr. Obama, that does have Nuclear Weapons.

    I would be afraid to support obama a real honest to goodness green horn. He is full of himself and pimps out his little children for political agenda. He has Jesse and Al Sharpton in his corner and a few more weird characters as well.

    The White House should not be turned into a managerie.

    Vote McCain 2008

    July 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Jeff Long

    Flip Flopping again we see!! He was so critical of the surge and now that it is working, he is not so critical anymore. Looks like some bad judgment on Obama's part. McCain was and always will have better judgment.

    Substance over Hype!! McCain '08!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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