by D. Cupples | Former foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama's campaign Samantha Power made a couple embarrassing mis-steps that shine a less-than-positive light on Obama's judgment and campaign. The first was saying to a Scottish newspaper that Hillary Clinton a "monster." The other gaffe was telling a British journalist this:
“He [Obama] will, of course, not rely on some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator…. You can’t make a commitment in March 2008 about what circumstances will be like in January of 2009" (Time; see video below)
True enough: we don't know what the circumstances will be when the next president takes office.
Here's the big question: if Obama knows that he can't validly commit to a withdrawal schedule this far in advance, why has he encouraged so many voters to believe that he does have a withdrawal schedule (say, 16 months)?
Couldn't Obama have just told voters that troop withdrawal is a complex matter that can't be planned this far in advance -- due to unforeseen circumstances?
Ms. Power's gaffe takes the spotlight off the issue of troop withdrawal and focuses it instead on the accuracy of Obama's campaign-related words.
This was not wise -- given that Obama just faced heat because his economic adviser might have told a Canadian official that Obama's tough stance against on NAFTA was campaign rhetoric.
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