Some Say Actions Don't Match Talk--For antiwar Illinois Democrats, the speech that made them fall in love with Barack Obama was not the one he gave in Boston in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention, but one two years earlier at a hastily organized rally in Chicago on the eve of the congressional vote to authorize the Iraq war.
"I don't oppose all wars," Obama, then a state senator, said on Oct. 2, 2002. ". . . What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne."
Obama, like Clinton, now says the situation in Iraq is untenable and troops must start returning home as soon as possible, but he adds that withdrawal will take more than a year.
But unlike Clinton, he is not blaming Bush alone for the war.
"You know, I welcome all of the folks who have changed their position on the war," Obama said in Iowa on Wednesday. ". . . But if we have learned anything from Iraq, it is that the judgment that matters most is the judgment that is made first."
Saturday, September 15, 2007
"War Critics Question Obama's Fervor"
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