June 29, 2008

Yet Another Obama Flip-Flop Flagged, This Time on Iraq

At The Corner over at National Review Online (HT Instapundit via Weapons of Mass Discussion), Pete Hegseth calls it a “zigzag.”

Given how fundamental Barack Obama’s former position was to his credibility as a candidate during the Democratic primaries, I’d say it’s yet another a full-fledged, full-throated flip-flop, accompanied by a fundamentally flawed reading of the Bush Administration’s current policy — both of which we can be confident Old Media will try to ignore.

Hegseth explains (link to transcript added by me; other links are in original; bolds are mine):

Recent reports and rumors have indicated that Senator Obama plans to aggressively move to the middle on Iraq in the coming months. This is a good political move for Obama, if only because he’s finally starting to recognize reality. However, it’s no surprise that he will continue to try and have it both ways: moderating his withdrawal language without giving any credit to surge/Petraeus advocates.

….. Standing alongside Hillary (Friday in Unity, NH), Obama said:

“We can follow a policy that doesn’t change whether violence is up or violence is down, whether the Iraqi government takes responsibility or not; or we can decide that it’s time to begin a responsible, gradual withdrawal from Iraq.

….. Just months ago, Obama clamored for an “immediate” withdrawal, regardless of the situation on the ground; today, his withdrawal would be “gradual.” Maybe he was channeling Hillary Clinton, or maybe he finally realizes that very few people—except the MoveOn crowd—want an immediate withdrawal. His website, I should note, still touts an “immediate” withdrawal.

Despite this move, Obama insists that America’s policy in Iraq “doesn’t change whether violence is up or violence is down.” This is verifiably false. ….. What was the new counter-insurgency strategy, Mr. Senator?

….. True to form, Obama is trying to have it both ways—attempting to use moderate rhetoric to mask an irresponsible Iraq policy, all the while unwilling to recognize the incredible progress on the ground. His website says the surge has only reduced violence to mid-2006 levels. Again, verifiably false. Today, we are at the lowest violence levels in Iraq in four years.

Here’s the “mid-2006″ reference Hegseth cited, from Obama’s web site (also saved at host for future reference, for fair use and discussion purposes):


In fact, Obama’s web site not only is not in sync with what the candidate said on Friday it’s not even in sync with itself, even within that very same web page:


Much as he might think that he’s already got the election in the bag, even arrogantly having his own “presidential seal” designed in advance of the election, a President Obama would not take office until January 20, 2009. Sixteen months from that point in time would be May 2010, not “the end of next year.”

As to Hegseth’s first-paragraph claim that all of this flipping, flopping, and flailing by Obama is “a good political move”: Baloney. It is instead a cravenly cynical strategy that only has a chance of working as long as Old Media stays in the tank for him. Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post noted that the strategy largely worked in the Heller ruling (so far). But there have been some defectors, including PBS’s Bonnie Erbe (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog); there will be more if (or is it as?) the flagrant flip-flops continue. And there’s always New Media, which has shown little patience, even in some cases on the left, for much of Obama’s recent nonsense.

One sign that Old Media is worried about Obama’s frequent flip-flopping: Newsweek’s Jonathan Darman came out yesterday with a howler about how “flip-flopping has a noble history in this country.” Uh-huh.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



  1. Here’s another one for Obama’s flip flops: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121495450490321133.html?mod=djemEditorialPage the WSJ is being snarky.

    Comment by dscott — July 2, 2008 @ 8:49 am

  2. The flip flop chronicals from the AT: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/07/the_flipflop_chronicles_cont.html

    Comment by dscott — July 2, 2008 @ 9:29 am

  3. Tom, can you do a flip flop thread to keep a running tally on Obama? Like you did with Romney. This will keep the ultra loons focused on Obama’s throwing them under the bus like he did with Rev Wright which is sure to sow seeds of doubt and dry up the money well. When the rest of the public fully appreciates Obama will say anything to sell himself, they will see him for the snake oil salesmen he is.

    Glenn Beck picked up the flip flopping: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/john-stephenson/2008/07/02/glenn-beck-media-ignores-obama-flip-flops-0

    Libs not happy with Oboe flip flop: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/07/02/surveillance-protest-group-storms-obamas-website

    Comment by dscott — July 3, 2008 @ 9:05 am

  4. #3 dscott,

    Weapons of Mass Discussion is already doing that, and they’re up to 29 or so (might need an update), and they’re going to stick to it until they get to 40, which might take 2-3 weeks at the rate things are going. When someone does the dirty work like that, I just get out of the way and let ‘em have at it.

    Check the link just noted from time to time. I’ll be referring to it with every 2, 3, or 4 adds.

    Comment by TBlumer — July 3, 2008 @ 9:52 am

  5. Excellent, hey we need a tune with the one two beat flip, flop, flip, flop…

    Comment by dscott — July 3, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  6. What do you think of this tune by Buddy Holly called Everyday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMezwtB1oCU

    it’s a fast beat, but you get the flip flop in the background, lyrics are good too.

    Comment by dscott — July 3, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  7. #5 and #6, this is past my talent level to put together, but I was thinking of the Chambers Brothers’ “Time Has Come Today” (with the metronome).

    Comment by TBlumer — July 3, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nuiIqMQ4sA Chambers Brothers, Time has come today. Not bad. I’m trying to get Noel at NB to run a contest for the NBers to pick a song. What do you think?

    You know the guys at the GOP and McCain campaigns aren’t that imaginative and need lots of help with Obama.

    Comment by dscott — July 3, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  9. #8, It could be a NewsBusted episode that would be a nice one-time change of pace from Jody Miller (who does a fine job).

    Comment by TBlumer — July 3, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

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