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Obama: so what’s the position today?
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, May 29, 2008

Again, a politician seems to forget that video and audio of just about everything they've ever said in public since they declared their candidacy for the presidency exists and will be trotted out when they try to claim their position is being distorted.
With his experience and leadership credentials under sharp criticism, Senator Barack Obama and his advisers are trying to clarify what has emerged as a central tenet of his proposed foreign policy: a willingness to meet leaders of enemy nations.

In an interview on Wednesday, Mr. Obama, of Illinois, sought to emphasize, as he and his aides have done continually over the last few days, the difference between avoiding preconditions for talks with nations like Iran and Syria, and granting them automatic discussions at the presidential level.

While Mr. Obama has said he would depart from the Bush administration policy of refusing to meet with certain nations unless they meet preconditions, he has also said he would reserve the right to choose which leaders he would meet, should he choose to meet with them at all.
So he's saying his position isn't that he would meet with the leaders of enemy nations without preconditions because he would reserve the right to choose which leaders he would meet with ("should he choose to meet with them")?


OK, so I assume he didn't mean this when he said it during the YouTube debate in July of last year:
Question: "[W]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?" ...

Obama: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous."
Sounds like granting them "automatic discussions" without any "preconditions" to me.

So, which is it?

Gotta tell you, this doesn't seem much like "new" politics to me. Sounds more like the echo of John Kerry in 2004.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Is this the first time that our foreign policy will be determined by a gaffe accidently spoken, without reflection, off the top of the head of a candidate during a political campaign - simply because that candidate doesn’t want to admit he was wrong (even though he knows it was a mistake) and look indecisive to voters?
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
It’s not punishment you fool (Obama), it’s avoiding giving them any political leverage at home where the media is even more in the lap of the government than here. There is simply no way this guy should be leading the USA.
Written By: Grimshaw
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Perhaps Obama will partake of the latest fad .. "chocolate bar" foreign aid.

I have this recollection from high school or college of a poster with a poor Indian (as in India) man with a "CARE" box filled with "Baby Ruth" candy bars and a pathetic look on his face.
Written By: Neo
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What I really love (to hate) about all of this is that Obama hasn’t really come up with anything that hasn’t at least been thought of or tried by the State Department under multiple administrations, but because he says it with such ’nuance’ everything old is new again, at least to his admirers in the media.

Meanwhile, his backpedaling on the "no preconditions" has him boldly going toward the status quo on most of these matters.

Change ? Hope ? Nope.
Written By: Neo
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Perhaps someday Obama will explain just what he plans to say to these countries that will accomplish anything other than create more greenhouse gasses.
Written By: timactual
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This out to require a whole heap of talking ..
At least three sites have been identified by U.S. officials and passed along to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is negotiating with Syria for permission to conduct inspections in the country, according to U.S. government officials and Western diplomats. U.S. officials want to know if the suspect sites may have been support facilities for the alleged Al Kibar reactor destroyed in an Israeli air raid Sept. 6, the sources said.
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