Senator Obama vs. President Obama on Afghanistan


The Huffington Post‘s Dan Froomkin has highlighted a powerful video montage by his colleague HuffPost video editor Ben Craw on comments made by then-Senator Obama on Iraq in 2007 & President Obama on US policy towards Afghanistan.
There are many notable moments in this constellation of past commentary — but the heaviest zinger is when then Senator Obama, as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asks Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about benchmarks for America’s increasing troop deployments to Iraq.
He asks:

“At what point do we say: ‘Enough’?”

— Steve Clemons


12 comments on “Senator Obama vs. President Obama on Afghanistan

  1. samuelburke says:

    How to pressure an American president? (Read Haaretz)
    by PHILIP WEISS on AUGUST 10, 2010


  2. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Blahblablah….Al Qaeda dead did in the Iraq War”
    Gee, you ignorant sputtering jackass, why don’t you cite some stats about the amount of Iraqis killed by “al qaeda” in Iraq, eh?
    Nadine, you are so full of shit that I am amazed you can look in the mirror.
    Why lie lies people know are lies? Are you fuckin’ nuts? What the hell is a matter with you?


  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I see this piece of shit Clinton is blubbering some on-script rants about Iran’s “political prisoners”.
    Anyone ever seen this useless crone say anything about…..
    Palestinian Prisoners
    *Administrative detainees 335
    *Female Prisoners 32
    *Child detainees 340
    *Palestinian Legislative Council members 25
    *East Jerusalem prisoners 215
    *1948 Territories prisoners 188
    *Gaza prisoners 745


  4. nadine says:

    jdubya, you don’t understand left-wing math. While US troops are there, all the Taliban dead count to the US total, just as all the Al Qaeda dead did in the Iraq War.
    Once the US leaves, multiculturalism will prevent them from noticing the dead the Taliban kill.
    Their only interest is in the “sins” of the United State, so they really don’t care how many Afghans kill each other.


  5. jdubya says:

    Right, the UN is claiming increasing numbers of civilians being killed in Afghanistan – by the Taliban… Please read the articles beyond the headlines. Steve, please explain how and why you will feel better once we leave the country and the Taliban recommences killing everyone there that they don’t like. That’s what will happen, but you don’t address that little issue. Courage of your convictions and all that


  6. samuelburke says:

    the pessimist complains about the wind the optimist expects it to
    change and the neocon rips the sails apart and deny the reality
    that there is even wind.
    is that what keeps saying over and over?


  7. nadine says:

    Hey, is the anti-Iraq Obama supposed to be the “good” Obama? Didn’t Joe Biden tell us that Iraq was one of the Obama Administration’s successes? Even for a pol, that takes chutzpah — it was successful because nobody listened to Obama or Biden. Now General “Betray-us” is Obama’s top commander.
    Obama is by nature a glib, shallow and relentlessly demagoguing politician. After demagoguing Afghanistan for two years as “the good war” the war we should have stuck to instead of Iraq, he found that he couldn’t just cut and run immediately upon taking office.
    Of course, Obama wants to cut and run. Democrats always do these days. Commanders who want to win wars are not allergic to the word “victory” like Obama is. Arianna is merely trying to push him in the direction he wants to go anyway. So it’s a little tug of war between his natural inclinations and the responsibilities of office. Inclination will win out eventually.


  8. JohnH says:

    It would be equally interested to see clips of John Kerry’s speech to the Senate during Vietnam and clips now.
    Kerry is the ultimate Poster Hypocrite, who left his soul on the altar of political convenience.


  9. Pahlavan says:

    I’m not defending Obama, but the excessive editing in this clip makes one wonder about its credibility. Regardless, a new UN report states that even more innocent civilians are now being killed in Afghanistan.


  10. samuelburke says:

    excellent timing Steve, it seems as if everyone wishes to get pres
    Obamas attention with regards the middle east.
    why all the concern?
    from a question and answer session at
    i couldn’t find the translation.
    Vanessa Davies.


  11. samuelburke says:

    it doth appear as if lots of people wish to get the presidents
    attention as of late, i guess going into the month of sept the
    expectations for conflict commence to exponentially increase,
    and the rhetoric will get more blustery.
    MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
    FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
    SUBJECT: War With Iran
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    We write to alert you to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran
    as early as this month. This would likely lead to a wider war.


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