Move-On Attacks Obama?

Anti-war group Move-On sent an email yesterday asking for money to run advertisements against Democrats who use Ripublican talking points. Move-On is angry because a certain U.S. Senator said this regarding a cut-off of funding for the Iraq war:

“We don’t want to send the message to the troops’ that Congress does not support them.”

Move-on is furious because that Senator:

“…is using Republican talking points to discredit Democratic efforts to end the war. That’s just outrageous.”

Move-On’s current target is Senator Levin. But isn’t Senator Obama guilty of saying the same thing? Here is what Obama said about funding this past Sunday on This Week:

“We can do it in a way that doesn’t play games with our troops on the ground.”

Here is Obama using Ripublican propaganda on April 1, 2007:

“If President Bush vetoes an Iraq war spending bill as promised, Congress quickly will provide the money without the withdrawal timeline the White House objects to because no lawmaker “wants to play chicken with our troops,” Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday.”

Watch out for Move-on Obama.

We also noticed that Obama is now saying that his position on Iraq is different from Hillary’s position on Iraq. That’s not what he has been saying. Here is ABC News:

“Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., today launched one of his most vigorous attacks yet against rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.Obama, who has made his 2002 opposition to the war a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, was asked this morning on MSNBC about comments made last night by former President Clinton, in which he said that Sens. Clinton and Obama have had similar voting records on the war.”I suppose that’s true if you leave out the fact that she authorized it, and supported it, and I said it was a bad idea,” said Obama. “That’s a fairly major difference.”

Unfortunately for Obama ABC News has videotape of Obama saying:

“When asked a similar question about his voting record last fall, by the New Yorker magazine, Obama admitted that “it’s not clear to me what differences we’ve had since I’ve been in the Senate.”

“I think what people might point to is our different assessments of the war in Iraq,” Obama said at the time, “although I’m always careful to say that I was not in the Senate, so perhaps the reason I thought it was such a bad idea was that I didn’t have the benefit of U.S. intelligence.

ABC News also points out:

“In fact, Obama’s Senate voting record on Iraq is nearly identical to Clinton’s. Over the two years Obama has been in the Senate, the only Iraq-related vote on which they differed was the confirmation earlier this year of General George Casey to be Chief of Staff of the Army, which Obama voted for and Clinton voted against. Just last week, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Obama conceded that his position on the war is not the “polar opposite” of Clinton’s.”

We note this attack by Obama against Hillary because it illustrates a tendency Obama has for do-overs. At the debate Obama had to do-over his question about terrorism. Obama also forgot that he voted for the Energy Bill even as he vigorously attacked the Energy Bill when he visited Selma for the first time in his life. We suppose do-overs are better than “I was wrong” as Edwards likes to say.


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