Barack Obama’s top anti-Israel foreign advisor Samantha Power spat on the Obama Campaign one last time before before she resigned yesterday after her “Hillary is a monster” comment:
Samantha Power, one of Barack’s top foreign advisors before she wasn’t, went on the BBC and told the whole world that Obama has no real exit strategies for Iraq and that WHEN and IF he becomes president that he’ll talk to the military brass to see what strategy they’d recommend.
Just like his talk on NAFTA, it looks like Obama is not to be trusted with what he says on Iraq, either.
The American Mind has the transcript:
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STEPHEN SACKUR: Let me stop you just for a moment. You said that he’ll revisit it when he goes to the White House. So what the American public thinks is a commitment to get combat forces out within sixteen months, isn’t a commitment isn’t it?
POWER: You can’t make a commitment in whatever month we’re in now, in March of 2008 about what circumstances are gonna be like in Jan. 2009. We can’t even tell what Bush is up to in terms of troop pauses and so forth. He will of course not rely upon some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or as a US senator.
He will rely upon a plan, an operational plan that he pulls together, in consultation with people who are on the ground, to whom he doesn’t have daily access now as a result of not being the president.
So to think, I mean it would be the height of ideology, you know, to sort of say, well I said it therefore I’m going to impose it on whatever reality entreats me –
SACKUR: Ok, so the 16 months is negotiable?
POWER: It’s the best case scenario
It’s the best case scenario
POWER: It is –
Ultimately, Barack has no idea how quickly he can withdraw forces.
He has no idea if it can even be done.
Hat Tip BG and Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi