Remember When Obama Was Against ‘Dumb Wars’?

In President Obama’s own words:

I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other arm-chair, weekend warriors in this Administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income — to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.

That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.

Here’s a video made by the Obama campaign during the election where his supporters recite his 2002 speech against the Iraq War:

5 Comments on "Remember When Obama Was Against ‘Dumb Wars’?"

  1. there were really only two options in Afghanistan one is total withdrawal, the other is a increase in forces, the kind of fighting it will take to uproot the taliban from its strongholds that they have been fortifying for decades isn't going to be something you can do with a weak force, destroying the taliban is really our fight, we aided and trained them, every bit of blood they have spilled is on our hands, if we do not bring an end to them we will completely forsake our honor.

    unfortunately Mr. Obama is left holding someone else's bag and being blamed for it by the people who created the situation, the situation in Afghanistan is a direct result of the republican party and Ronald Reagan's decision to support terrorism as a tool against the U.S.S.R. that brand of anything goes as long as it helps me logic always comes back to haunt you, our only real option is to clean up the mess and prevent such arrogant and foolish policies in the future, ignoring the mess or passing it on to someone else will solve nothing

    • Polymorpheous | Dec 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm |

      really? another obama apologist? when bush was doing the same thing everyone chided for it! let go of the 2 party hypocrisy.

      also, from what i recall, the taliban didn't commit any acts of terror on american soil.

      the war in afghanistan is about drugs and imperialism. obama works for the same people bush did. no change, just a nicer smile and a better public speaker.

      • im no great fan of his, but afghanastan wasn't his making, besides Afghanistan he has plenty of faults all his own, and all war is about imperialism it would be nice if the justifications for war were ever accurate but usually it's just money, i don't support either party and i really hope it falls apart….but if you are going to damn the man damn him for his own crimes, not someone else's

        • Its about oil kids. The country just north of Afghanistan has oil and certain factions in our government (Bush) make a lot of money brokering it. All they have to do is get the Taliban out so they can run a pipeline and whatever puppet regime they leave will let them do whatever they want. There are pictures of Taliban leaders at the Bush compound at Kennibunkport while they were trying to get them to let the pipeline through but apparently they wanted to share the oil and profits with the general populace and thats bad. Ahm k? (South Park reference sorry) If that dont work. Plan B is to put the pipeline through Georgia. Hence the trouble with the puppet regime we recently installed there.

  2. Obama IS against dumb wars. He's trying to stop one without making Afghanistan into Taliban-Central. We need to get perspective that Obama is having to clean up a lot of big messes left behind by republican control of the Gov't. It'll take him at least four years to do it.

    Liberals and progressives need to stop looking at their watch and expecting Obama to wave his magic black wand and just fix what took decades to screw up in the first place. The Afghanistan mess is a long legacy of American adventurism there where we supplied the opposition to the Russian invasion. We empowered these people in the first place and it's only due to the tribal nature of Afghanistan that another Saddam Hussein wasn't created.

    Yes, we want the Afghan war to stop, yes we want dont ask dont tell to be abolished, yes we want health care reform just the way we want it, yes, we want peace on earth and goodwill toward men. But if you don't back Obama and realize he's up against a congress that doesn't vote the conscience of it's states and districts but is just in a power struggle against the other party, then he's not going to be able to do a thing.

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