Obama did not vote against the Iraq war

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Obama did not vote against the Iraq war
« on: February 11, 2009, 01:13:23 pm »
This is in response to something I heard George Humphrey say a short while ago on Alex's show.

There seems to be a common misperception that Obama voted against the Iraq war resolution, but this simply isn't true, because Obama wasn't elected to the U.S. Senate until 2004, and the Iraq war vote occurred two years before that.

What Obama did was speak out against the Iraq war in 2002. But what very few people seem to know is that, in the very speech in which he did this, he went out of his way to distance himself ideologically from his "antiwar" audience:

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"The truth about Obama's worldview was hidden in plain sight in his most politically consequential foreign policy speech. Antiwar Democrats cheered Obama for addressing a rally against the Iraq war in Chicago's Federal Plaza on Oct. 2, 2002. His opposition to the war was a major asset in his nomination struggle with Clinton.

"Obama did indeed denounce the impending war as 'dumb,' 'rash' and 'based not on reason but on passion.' But in retrospect, the speech may be most notable for other things Obama said that separated him from some in his antiwar audience.

"Not once but five times did Obama declare, 'I don't oppose all wars.'"

-- E. J. Dionne Jr., "Obama's Bush Doctrine," The Washington Post, November 28, 2008

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And frankly, I don't think Obama even deserves credit for "speaking out" against the Iraq war, because this is the same guy who, after speaking out "against" warrantless wiretapping, voted for it.
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