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    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Well Then Who Are You Talking To?

    In January of 2007, while still vying for the Democratic Nomination, Sen. Obama said
    ..we can send 15,000 more troops; 20,000 more troops; 30,000 more troops. Uh, I don't know any, uh, expert on the region or any military officer that I've spoken to, uh, privately that believes that that is gonna make a substantial difference on the situation on the groundemphasis mine.
    This was just one of many similar statements. It's now pretty clear that the surge has led to a reduction in violence, as McCain had predicted. It's so clear, that the Obama campaign deleted the page on their website that called the surge a "problem" and stated that "the surge is not working," and so clear that Obama is now trying to pretend that he supported it all along.

    However, as we continue to see Sen. Obama flip-flop"refine" his position on various issues, its not a surprise that he's now singing a different tune. Yet, what should be a bit of a surprise is that--if we take the Senator at his word--he didn't speak to a single "expert on the region or any military officer" that predicted the surge would work, then who has he chosen to advise him?

    Presidents rely on their advisors to make informed, expert decisions. We've seen President Bush often make errors due to his advisors. If not one of the lot of Sen. Obama's military or middle-east advisors (note that this does not include Gen. Petraeus) thought the surge would help, shouldn't we be a little concerned with the Senator's judgement in selecting his advisors? Either he's chosen an incompetent group, or a group that chooses to tell him what he wants to hear.

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