Obama Hopes to Change Course on Unilateral Meetings
He means what he says until he doesn't. And he usually doesn't after the right punches him.
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In another cave to the right wing bloggers and Rush Limbaugh who have been pounding him, Obama is trying to nuance his way out of his former statements on meeting unilaterally with American enemies.
So egregious is his backpedaling, even the New York Times is willing to point it out:
This week, Mr. Obama said that he was still considering meeting with Iranian leaders, though he would not necessarily guarantee a direct meeting with Mr. Ahmadinejad.
“There is no reason why we would necessarily meet with Ahmadinejad before we know that he is actually in power,” Mr. Obama told reporters. “He is not the most powerful person in Iran.”
But, let's go back to his original statement before he decided to cave to Rush and the bloggers:
The caveats belie the simple answer Mr. Obama gave during a debate last summer, when the issue was first raised in a major public forum. Without hesitation or qualification, Mr. Obama said he would hold direct talks with America’s enemies, drawing strong and immediate criticism from his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
“Would 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?” asked Stephen Sixta, a video producer who submitted the question for the CNN/YouTube Democratic debate.
Mr. Obama, the first candidate to respond, answered, “I would.”
Several aides immediately thought it was a mistake and sought to dial back his answer. But on a conference call the morning after the debate, Mr. Obama told his advisers that he had meant what he said and thought the answer crystallized how he differed from his rivals.
Obama only means what he says until he doesn't.
And if he'll cave like that to the right, how fast will he cave to China and Iran?