Republican National Committee: Obama's Troubling Judgment

As Obama Meets With National Security Policy Advisers, It's Worth Re-Examining His Judgment On The Issue WASHINGTON , Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release was issued today by the Republican National Committee...


As Obama Meets With National Security Policy Advisers, It's Worth Re-Examining His Judgment On The Issue

WASHINGTON , Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release was issued today by the Republican National Committee:

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Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden (D-DE) Said Obama Would Be Tested His First Year In Office:

Biden: "Mark my words, within the next -- first -- six months of this administration, if we win, they're gonna -- we're gonna face a major international challenge, because they're gonna want to test him..." (Sen. Joe Biden , Remarks At A Campaign Event, Seattle, WA , 10/19/08)

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In July 2007 , Obama Said He Would Meet With The Leaders Of Hostile Foreign Nations His First Year In Office Without Preconditions:

At A July 2007 Debate, Obama Announced He Would Personally Meet With Leaders Of Iran , North Korea , Syria And Other Hostile Nations "Without Precondition." 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." (CNN/YouTube Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC , 7/23/07)

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NOTE: Iranian Officials Recently Laid Out Their Own Preconditions For Meeting With The U.S., Including A Complete Withdrawal Of U.S. Forces From The Middle East And An End To U.S. Support For Israel . " Mehdi Kalhor , Vice President for Media Affairs, said the U.S. must do two things before summit talks can take place. First, American military forces must leave the Middle East -- presumably including such countries as Iraq , Qatar , Turkey and anywhere else American soldiers are deployed in the region. Second, the U.S. must cease its support of Israel . Until Washington does both, talks are 'off the agenda,' the Islamic Republic News Agency reports. It quotes Mr. Kalhor as saying, 'If they [the U.S.] take our advice, grounds for such talks would be well prepared.'" (Editorial, " Iran's Preconditions," The Wall Street Journal, 10/22/08)

Obama Reaffirmed His Commitment To A 16-Month Timetable For Withdrawal From Iraq , Despite Acknowledging That His Plan Was Not Supported By U.S. Military Commanders Or Iraqis:

After Meeting With U.S. Generals In Iraq , Obama Said He Would Redeploy Troops From Iraq In 16 Months. Obama: "I believe that the best way to support Iraqi sovereignty and encourage the Iraqis to stand up is through the responsible redeployment of our combat brigades. I welcome the growing consensus in the United States and Iraq for a timeline. My view, based on the advice of military experts, is that we can redeploy safely in 16 months, so that our combat brigades are out of Iraq in 2010." (Sen. Barack Obama , Press Conference, 7/22/08)

Obama Acknowledged That His Timetable For Withdrawal Was Not Supported By Commanders On The Ground. Obama: "In terms of my conversations with General Petraeus, there's no doubt that General Petraeus does not want a timetable. I mean, I think he said that publicly. And he is -- and, as I said, in his role, I think he wants maximum flexibility to be able to do what he believes needs to be done inside of Iraq ." (Sen. Barack Obama , Press Conference, 7/22/08)

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