Clear as mud:
ST. LOUIS – Barack Obama said Saturday that he was surprised at how the media has “finely calibrated” his recent words on Iraq, and denied that he intends to anything but end the war if he is elected.
“I was a little puzzled by the frenzy that I set off by what I thought was a pretty innocuous statement,” the expected Democratic presidential nominee told reporters flying with him to Missouri from Montana. “I am absolutely committed to ending the war.”
On Thursday in North Dakota, Obama said that “I’ll … continue to refine my policy” on Iraq after an upcoming trip there. With a promise to end the war the central premise of his candidacy, the Obama campaign has struggled over the past two days to push back against Republicans and others who say his recent statement could be a softening.
So what Obama is telling us now is that he’s already made up his mind on his Iraq policy and that a visit to the country, something that has been recommended even by liberal rags like The New Yorker so that Obama can update his outdated stance on the war, won’t do a thing to change it? And that his previous comments about “refining” his stance after a visit to the country weren’t really meant to imply any refinement at all?
That would be a blatant admission of lying on the campaign trail, and if it’s the case, why even bother visiting the country?
By the way, I think it’s rather sad that Obama would come to a red state like North Dakota and talk a bunch of phony baloney about refining his Iraq position, only to leave the state and tell the national media that what he told the rubes out in fly-over country was, in fact, phony baloney.