Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Obama's I voted against it before I said I was for it

Elections, Obama 2008, War

One of my favorite lines from the 2004 presidential campaigns was John Kerry's,  “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”  His statement evolved into I voted for the war before I voted against it, and it became synonymous with the term flip-flop.

Most politicians do this to a certain extent. John McCain has changed his stance on domestic oil drilling. Barack Obama certainly is not letting me down! 

I really don't follow Obama's positions all that closely, but I did think he supported the war in Afghanistan, since he criticized President Bush for not stepping up our efforts there. I found this link on Mark Levin's website very interesting: From 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, 'Obama wrong from the start on Iraq'  says retires SF seargent,

The following is the bottom line of why one well known retired Special Forces NCO does not share Senator Barack Obama’s confidence in his own judgment:

Obama has not had any good ideas about the war in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else. He threatened to invade Pakistan, run away from Iraq and redouble efforts to capture and not martyr the already-dead bin Laden. Now there is a resume for an aspiring Commander in Chief. — James Hanson (a.k.a. Uncle Jimbo at, retired Special Operations Master Sergeant, July 21, 2008

Here comes Obama's Afghanistan voting record flip-flop on H.R. 2206: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007.

Last year, Obama repeatedly said the surge in Iraq would not work. In addition, Power Line’s John Hinderaker points out Senator Obama’s current rhetoric about Afghanistan does not match his past voting record:

Worst of all, far from being committed to victory in Afghanistan, Obama voted to cut off all funding for all of our military efforts in Afghanistan on May 24, 2007 (H.R. 2206, CQ Vote #181), thereby seeking to bring about defeat there as well as in Iraq. His current effort to portray himself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing on Afghanistan is a complete fraud.[Lots of Obama quotes on how the Surge won't work in that posting.]

Yet in an ABC News recent post Iraq tour 'Nightline' interview,

"I said a year and a half ago that we needed more troops in Afghanistan -- at least two brigades," Obama said.
As you probably heard, Obama would not admit for a long time if he would have supported the surge--even knowing what he knows now.  Obama Won't 'Rubber Stamp' Military Decisions In Exclusive 'Nightline' Interview, Senator Says He Still Doesn't Support Surge. 

So much for hindsight being 20/20!

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