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Obama Holds Second News Conference on Iraq Withdrawal Plan

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Saying, "We're going to try this again. Apparently I wasn't clear enough this morning on my position with respect to the war in Iraq," Sen. Barack Obama held a second news conference this afternoon in Fargo, N.D., on his position on withdrawing from Iraq.

"Let me be as clear as I can be. I intend to end this war," Obama said in remarks prior to taking questions. "My first day in office I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in and I will give them a new mission, and that is to end this war -- responsibly, deliberately but decisively."

He concluded: "This is the same position I that had four months ago. It's the same position that I had eight months ago. It's the same position that I had 12 months ago."

The full news conference can be viewed here.

Posted at 6:40 PM ET on Jul 3, 2008  | Category:  Primary Source
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One of the ways to avoid having to explain your positions over and over is to state clearly upfront in simple language what you believe. Then let the chips fall where they may. When you try to please all sides, you please nobody.

Posted by: robtay | July 6, 2008 10:58 PM

LOL! :-D

WHY? Why does anyone even pay attention to all the Promises, and Pandering O'Bomba-Nation is Spouting?

Have you not understood even the simplest thing about his entire Campaign?

ALL these Stances, Proposals, and Promises;

AFTER he wins(God Forbid!);


Will "CHANGE"! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 5, 2008 1:18 PM

My husband is really little down there, so I'm very racist. I heard a rumor blacks are big down there. It makes me very angry!

Posted by: CarolTate2 | July 5, 2008 9:26 AM

...Obama has pages and pages of policy documents on his website which will go ignored and unread by the majority of voters.*** [just as the truth about him has been & continue to be ignored & unread by the majority of bamabots]***

And the fact that his race is still considered a factor shows just how much the US needs him. ***why are bama & you bamabots allowed to use the race card, but noone else can respond to your racism???***

Posted by: Claire | July 4, 2008 8:39 AM
[my response to your post in brackets, & for your information the U.S.A. doesn't need people like bama. That's what's wrong with OUR Country today!]

Posted by: CarolTate2 | July 4, 2008 4:40 PM

Here we go again. How many times does this joker have to re-explain what he has said before everyone gets the idea that he doesn't know one thing about what he's supposed to be talking about in the first place?

Posted by: CarolTate2 | July 4, 2008 4:08 PM

Obama is like a Fish outside of Water!!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/27/barackobama.usa

The Only Original Change I've heard from him is his "CHANGE" on position after position!!!

WAKE UP!

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said "an American military presence still was needed."

See What Iraq's President said to America's Next President John McCain...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080628/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_iraq

Obama needs to wake up, he has ZERO EXPERIENCE with Iraq. By the way, what country was the U.S. in war with in the Gulf War? Was that Iraq? The Gulf War ended in 1991 but continued in 2001.

HELLO?!?!? Is anyone out there thinking?

Posted by: Not a Pawn to Obamacon! | July 4, 2008 2:11 PM

Obama is just growing a Bush, not flip flopping. I'm really beginning to like this guy especially now that he moving towards the center. Hope he takes a good look at Nationalized medicine in other countries before trying to selling us something that might not worked.

Obama / Hagel

Posted by: rentamob | July 4, 2008 2:01 PM

It`s difficult to believe that there are still people in America that refer to people of African descent as 'monkeys'. You, whoever you are, do not deserve to live in this country.

Posted by: cmsg | July 4, 2008 3:14 AM

I am sorry.

Posted by: Oregon | July 4, 2008 1:50 PM

I must say, I am also dismayed at the "Monkey" comment.

It is now common knowledge that "Barry" only carries an Image of the Hindu "Monkey God".

Not, that he is, or looks, like a "Monkey".

Like Bushie, he is DEFINITELY "Chimp-Like" in appearance! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | July 4, 2008 1:25 PM


Is the Obaminable Snowjob beginning to melt?

Flip-flop...drip-drop....flip-flop...drip-drop

Posted by: dunesberry | July 4, 2008 12:39 PM

Obama Holds Second News Conference on Iraq Withdrawal Plan

What I think is unclear to the controversial sector is the fact that Obama's agendas both previous and present are on one accord in it's content, however, those that are out of touch with reality, couldn't possibly understand the reality of Obama's plan because their ability to do so is way too small. Obama 08!

Posted by: Nisey01 | July 4, 2008 12:19 PM

Obama Holds Second News Conference on Iraq Withdrawal Plan

For the record, Obama is still on the intitial path in which he stated previously. It is those that don't understand how an individual can have such an indepth ability to achieve and succeed when they themselves can't. Obama's ability to deliver and achieve surpasses the mindsets of a many. It is a unique and phenomenon ability. People need to stop being so controversial and grasp reality that Obama can do just what he says and 'yes we can' together do just what his agenda requires when we let go and unite on one accord to make it work. OBAMA 08!

Posted by: Nisey01 | July 4, 2008 12:12 PM

These comments are hilarious (in a very sad, pathetic way).

It's amusing seeing the right-wing idiots and racists come out of the woodwork, they have absolutely no ground to stand on, so they resort to the same, tired, boring scare tactics.

I can't wait to see their reactions when their poor Republican candidate loses in a landslide.

Posted by: Pixie | July 4, 2008 11:19 AM

Re: Obama in Montana

"Senator Obama is an independent figure, He is very attractive to the independent-minded spirited of Montanans."

This is what Obama's spokesperson said. I can't believe that Obama is selling an "independent face" in Montana!

I have given him enough benefit of doubt: Republicans and McCain's Campaign should wait until he reveals all of his faces. Otherwise, it will be backfired as the "right-wing-smear-attacks" as they did to Hillary.

As for McCain's response, please do not use any jargons or expressions being used in public opinion. Yes he is "copying" other's policies, but Hillary failed because she used such accusation so early--without any convincing evidence.

Just wait.

Posted by: peace4world | July 4, 2008 11:14 AM

Okay Places Everybody! Filming "Obama On Iraq,Take 3! Lights! Camera! Action!" And
yet another Generalissmo The Commander Guy
Liar in Chief Loser Barack Hussein Obama
Flip! Flop! Waffle! On bringing our troops
home from Iraq and Afghanistan,Obama Phony
Photo Op is recorded for posterity here!

Yep not only does Obama think he is God and
the Messiah,now Obama thinks he is even
President George W Bush as well! How many
of you dimwit Democrats and young naive
Obamafools are still fooled by Obamafool
yet here today,folks? Your doing a heck of
a job here,Whacky Baracky! NOBAMA!

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | July 4, 2008 10:53 AM

Obama said:

We're going to try this again. Apparently I wasn't clear enough this morning on my position with respect to the war in Iraq," Sen. Barack Obama held a second news conference this afternoon in Fargo, N.D., on his position on withdrawing from Iraq.

"Let me be as clear as I can be. I intend to end this war," Obama said in remarks prior to taking questions. "My first day in office I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in and I will give them a new mission, and that is to end this war -- responsibly, deliberately but decisively."

He concluded: "This is the same position I that had four months ago. It's the same position that I had eight months ago. It's the same position that I had 12 months ago."

himyaosui said:

I don't think that Obama knows what he is doing and it seems as if he is wasting everyone's time. He falsely claims that President Bush is for the war and the killings, yet President Bush came out and specifically said that he is against this war and that he is trying to see to an end to it.

Apparently, it's not going away and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff agree.

If they are trying their best to end this war and can not under Bush, then how can they under Obama, who is inexperienced and does not know what he is doing.

My firm did the studies similar to what the CIA did in 1990 and prior. We both came back with the same results to President George H.W. Bush.

I was able to, though, negotiate with Saddam and had secured an agreement with Saddam as to his withdrawal. We are the experts on Iraq, who Obama stubbornly has refused to use.

The facts are all there and if he is too stupid enough to not see truth, then he is spinning everyone else's wheels!

Perhaps, after he is elected the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be lying for him to make him look good. We all know that he doesn't know what he is doing in US foreign policy and is groping for answers that is not there.

Obama makes promises that he can not keep. He makes promises based on his desire to win votes even when he has no background knowledge of what is happening or what is possible.

I really hope that a better man is elected. Someone who knows what he is doing!

http://himyaosui.wordpress.com/
http://himyaosui2.wordpress.com/
http://www.topix.net/member/profile/himyaosui


Posted by: himyaosui | July 4, 2008 10:13 AM

Jimbo, isn't there anything in your vision that acknowledges that Iraq isn't our country?

Posted by: egc52556 | July 4, 2008 9:26 AM

There is only 1 mission left for our troops in Iraq, the eradication of Al Qaeda in Iraq. This involves training more US commanded Sunni security forces and a complete withdrawal for the Shia part of Iraq. We must pressure the government to end the strong Iranian influence pushing some of it's agenda. A Sunni/US security force should secure the Sunni part of Baghdad. Then the rest of the triangle should be purged. Mosul is just about done and Ramadi next. There is no reason for US presence in Shia controlled areas, as they have shown they are capable of keeping peace in these areas. Once we have purged the triangle, we should establish a base in Kurdistan for use against Russia, Iran and to let Turkey know Kurdistan is off limits.

Posted by: Jimbo | July 4, 2008 8:47 AM

The level of hysteria shown by the American Media indicates the rejection of any rationality with regard to reporting the news, with most reporters on the level of the 'terrorist fist bump'. Obama has pages and pages of policy documents on his website which will go ignored and unread by the majority of voters.

And the fact that his race is still considered a factor shows just how much the US needs him.

Posted by: Claire | July 4, 2008 8:39 AM

I am an Independent. The Democrats were voted into the majority in the last Congressional election to end the Iraq War. They continued to fund the War. Why? To cynically it as an issue during the Presidential Election. It's great the Obama spoke out against the War while his was the Illinois legislature, but since then, he has only used this stupid war as a political tool. He wasn't even going to go to Iraq and Afghanistan until McCain called him out. Now his cowardly strategy is to stand behind the generals to deflect criticism from him. I

Posted by: David | July 4, 2008 8:39 AM

I love how this news paper acts like Obama did something wrong the first time, when its clear the MSM basically got McCain talking points and published them without verifying the facts.
The press will repeat anything there candidate ST John tells them.

Posted by: Julian | July 4, 2008 5:07 AM

I apologize for the inappropriate comment that was posted 8:18 PM, on July 3, 2008.

Posted by: Oregon | July 4, 2008 4:09 AM

It`s difficult to believe that there are still people in America that refer to people of African descent as 'monkeys'. You, whoever you are, do not deserve to live in this country.

Posted by: cmsg | July 4, 2008 3:14 AM

Damn. Between the leftist crazies screaming because Obama is trying to win instead of fulfilling their every moonbat desire, and the right-wing nuts throwing everything they have at him, Obama just can't win. But the middle is where it's at, and Obama is finding it. He has said repeatedly that we must be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in. It's sure a hell of a lot better than McCain's plan of spending several trillion dollars, tens of thousands of lives and another decade trying to get a "win".

Posted by: Luke | July 4, 2008 2:51 AM

If BO had voted "no" on the Iraq War appropiations, I'd be more inclined to believe him. He voted "yes" on all but the last one. His voting record is far more pro-war than anti-war.

Posted by: Al | July 4, 2008 2:40 AM

huh you below you don't make any sense to win the DEMOCRATIC primary would not Obama claim an earlier timetable? It doesn't even matter McSame = WWIII do you want that reply below?

Posted by: norm | July 4, 2008 1:33 AM

Obama inserted the 16 month timetable during the primaries to beat Hillary. He touched a raw nerve. Then today Obama changed his position (and there is no dancing around this fact), because he found out how naive and unrealistic it is. Obama is a moron, a bone-head, and a lame excuse for a Harvard graduate. The more he talks, the more lame he gets.

Posted by: Tim | July 4, 2008 1:24 AM

Haven't you noticed when Obama's teleprompter was taken away, he began having multiple personalities? I still can't believe this empty-suit is a presidential candidate.

Nor can I believe how disillusioned Americans can become. Geez.

Posted by: Julie in Georgia | July 4, 2008 1:19 AM

What a bunch of crap. If Bush had refined his policy instead of "Stay the COurse" we might not have this massive disaster that the majority of America and the world is against.

The Washington Post was complicit in the run up to this war and now wants to be complicit again in continueing it.

Posted by: JR | July 4, 2008 1:07 AM

Wow, there sure are a number of racist and/or confused people commenting.

Obama is a patriotic American. Always has been. He's been working in public service for 20 years. He isn't a Muslim (although it's absolutely fine for an American to be a Muslim. However, he's a Christian).

The lies about him being unpatriotic were started by the pro-war people who just pretendto be patriotic by wearing flag pins, while at the same time failing to support our troops (troops were sent into battle without adequate tanks and armor! Moms and dads had to MAIL Kevlar vests to their sons and daughters in Iraq!)

And these people who are trying to question Obama's honor and authenticity because of who he knows. You mean to say that I can judge you based on everyone you ever chat with? Certainly you know someone in your life who's turned around in the last 20 years. The same with Ayers. He teaches at a University now. He isn't the same man he was 40 years ago (when Obama was a 6 year old boy).

You people who are telling lies and half-truths: Have you no shame? And those of you who are racist: there is a special place in hell for you.

Posted by: elissaF | July 4, 2008 12:27 AM

Wow... lot of racists on this one with the "monkey" comments and everything. The rest are just idiots, I guess.

Obama's been consistent in his stances, even if most of the people here are too stupid to listen to his entire speeches the first time he gives them, and not just the 10 second sound bites found edited on Fox and Friend's morning "news" propaganda.

Posted by: Bing | July 4, 2008 12:15 AM

I find that it is most often the idiots who comment most. Notice the proportion of intelligent:idiotic commentary on these news sites.

Posted by: Confabulatory | July 4, 2008 12:13 AM

"Obama is a joke. He does not have a concrete committed stand on a single issue critical to the future of our country. What a disaster.

Posted by: Independent | July 3, 2008 11:50 PM"

Oh please, the only thing concrete is the media's incompetence on this issue. He used a vague phrase, saying he would "refine" his policies. Instead of asking for clarification, news reporters jumped on it and extrapolated that he meant he wasn't sticking to 16 months. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 4, 2008 12:12 AM

Does anyone here actually believe this story?

JT
www.FireMe.To/udi

Posted by: James Johnson | July 3, 2008 11:56 PM

Obama is a joke. He does not have a concrete committed stand on a single issue critical to the future of our country. What a disaster.

Posted by: Independent | July 3, 2008 11:50 PM

Karl Rove and his blobbers above aren't listening to Obama, that's why they don't understand him. As if they've ever understood Black People before. Karl...one word. Katrina.

Posted by: kravitz | July 3, 2008 11:17 PM

Michael Brown the Democratic Strategist was on Hannity & Colmes tonight and said as Rev Wright had also said in way was the important thing is that he wins not what his real position is or in other words we don't real know what the truth is with Obama. So Obama's patriotic message this week, are they authentic? I doubt it if he's a friend of William Ayers the wannabe commie and domestic terrorist standing on a flag for Chicago Magazine!

Posted by: theaz | July 3, 2008 10:50 PM

We have all seen the debates when Obama very clear about ending the war in 16 months. Anyone who believed him then was a fool just like anyone who believes anything he says now!

Posted by: mountain man | July 3, 2008 10:46 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 10:38 PM

The reason why Obama doesn't sound like the typical angry black man is that his wife Michelle is playing that role for him. Shaddup Obama. Muslim, Alah loving, liar of a no good excuse for an American.

Posted by: Pluto | July 3, 2008 9:54 PM

Barack said during the primaries "we will be careful getting out as we were careless getting in" That was true then and it is true now. It is not that he is unclear, it is that Republican trolls want to be confused. Where there is confusion there is a lie and where there is a lie there is a Republican troll. It is really that simple.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 3, 2008 9:22 PM

Senator "Jellyfish" from Illinois;

Please,


STFU! ;~)


I hear your Mama calling;

Go see what San Fran Nan wants you to do now!

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 3, 2008 9:00 PM

Get lost, Obama. Screw you. No one's going to believe lying your black as*.

Posted by: Polbeuro | July 3, 2008 8:22 PM

Obama, you are an idiot. We're going to have a monkey for Commander in Chief.

Posted by: Oregon | July 3, 2008 8:18 PM

And does anybody really believe that Obama will leave Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else without being able to proclaim it as a "win?"

McCain has the guts and strength of character to be honest with the American people. Obama, on the other hand, continues to demonstrate his self serving political expediency, his weakness on foreign policy and his lack of character.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 7:50 PM

"The fact that Obama has to constantly restate his positions since they are not "clear" is further evidence of his inexperience and lack of leadership ability (a true leader doesn't need to clarify his/her positions). Obama will not have the luxury of such "do overs" if President on the many serious issues facing this country, and his lack of clarity, his inexperience and obvious lack of leadership capability will place all of us in great peril."

Yes real leadership is talking about complex issues in sound bites. Any president who dumb down everything is an awful leader.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 7:48 PM

He has the same position but the McCain Campaign writes the MSM headlines, so if they say its a flip, the wapo sycophants will call it that.

We have seen this twice this week. First McCain said Clark attacked McCain's service even though he didn't, now they say Obama flip flopped even though its the same position he has always had.

If only the public had tried McCain dry rub at those press BBQ's we would understand their need to shill for him.

Posted by: Julian | July 3, 2008 7:46 PM

The fact that Obama has to constantly restate his positions since they are not "clear" is further evidence of his inexperience and lack of leadership ability (a true leader doesn't need to clarify his/her positions). Obama will not have the luxury of such "do overs" if President on the many serious issues facing this country, and his lack of clarity, his inexperience and obvious lack of leadership capability will place all of us in great peril.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 3, 2008 7:42 PM

Re: Current Score

McCain (A): Silence is the best policy at this point. Let him play first.

Obama (F+): Why do you hold the second press conference if your positions, as you said, have been consistent?

Posted by: peace4world | July 3, 2008 7:21 PM

Obama's Iraq position is still unclear but the bottom line is that Obama is committed to ending the Iraq War whether it is 16 months or longer.

McCain, on the other hand, is committed to remaining there until we "win" what ever that means. Could be 5 years, could be 10 years, could be 100 years.

Posted by: Michelle | July 3, 2008 7:15 PM

the latest on the issues:

http://thevote.abc13.com/issues/index.html

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 3, 2008 6:47 PM

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