Barack Obama, "who based his drive to capture the Democratic nomination on his early and ardent opposition to the war" and who said he'd bring US troops home within sixteen months is now "puzzled by the sharp reaction to his statement this week that he might "refine" his timetable for withdrawing U.S. combat troops":
[Obama] said earlier this week he might alter his plan to bring combat troops home within 16 months of taking office if conditions on the ground changed.Posted by Hube at July 6, 2008 10:22 AM | TrackBack
Obama said he did not make a mistake with his earlier choice of words in describing his Iraq position — even though he called a second news conference a few hours after his initial comments to clarify his stance.
He laid the blame with reporters.
"I'm surprised at how finely calibrated every single word was measured. I wasn't saying anything I hadn't said before, that I didn't say a year ago or when I was a United States senator," said Obama.