Obama Now Says “Conditions” To Dictate Final Withdrawal – Years From Now
Barack Obama said today that the size of the U.S. forces left in Iraq would be “entirely conditions-based.” Obama said Prime Minister Maliki recognized Iraq was “going to need our help for some time to come. We’re going to have a very capable counter-terrorism strike force there for a while, it’s hard to know where we may be a 1.5 years from now.”
The McCain campaign said the comments were the latest shift in Obama’s position on Iraq toward his opponent’s view that troop withdrawals must be based on security conditions.
“Barack Obama is ultimately articulating a position of sustained troop levels in Iraq based on the conditions on the ground and the security of the country. That is the very same position that John McCain has long held,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.
“We welcome this latest shift in Senator Obama’s position, but it is obvious that it was only a lack of experience and judgment that kept him from arriving at this position sooner,” the campaign said in a statement.
McCain, like President Bush, has opposed a fixed schedule for withdrawing combat troops, preferring to remain until Iraq is fully secure.