In July of 2004, the day after his speech at the Democratic convention catapulted him into the national spotlight, Barack Obama told a group of reporters in Boston that the United States had an "absolute obligation" to remain in Iraq long enough to make it a success.
"The failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster," he said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, according to an audiotape of the session. "It would dishonor the 900-plus men and women who have already died. . . . It would be a betrayal of the promise that we made to the Iraqi people, and it would be hugely destabilizing from a national security perspective."
That was an audaciously hopeful thing for Obama to say.
Of course, some might question him now for saying, “I’ve been against [the war in Iraq] 2002, 2003, 2004, 5, 6, 7, 8.”
Somewhere along the line, he lost that hopefulness, that audaciousness. Strange that becoming the change the anti-war left has been waiting for coincided with the launch of his presidential campaign.
I Question the Timing!