Saturday, March 08, 2008

Power, tripping.

So much for my speculation about Samantha Power as a future SecState for President Obama. She's just resigned from Obama's campaign after describing Hillary Clinton as a "monster" in a recent interview with a Scots newspaper, The Scotsman.

Ms Power was not content with that, however. She later told the BBC that Obama is just as serious about getting the troops out of Iraq as he is about abrogating our NAFTA Treaty obligations. That is, not so much.

For all the chatter about Obama adviser Samantha Power's calling Clinton a "monster," another set of remarks made on her book tour in the United Kingdom may be equally threatening to the Obama campaign: Comments in a BBC interview that express a lack of confidence that Obama will be able to carry through his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq within 16 months.

"He will, of course, not rely on some plan that he’s crafted as a presidential candidate or a U.S. Senator," she said at one point in the interview.

Power downplayed Obama's commitment to quick withdrawal from Iraq on Hard Talk, a program that often exceeds any of the U.S. talk shows in the rigor of its grillings. She was challenged on Obama's Iraq plan, as it appears on his website, which says that Obama "will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months."

"What he’s actually said, after meting with the generals and meeting with intelligence professionals, is that you – at best case scenario – will be able to withdraw one to two combat brigades each month. That’s what they’re telling him. He will revisit it when he becomes president," Power says.
Power has already resigned, so there's nothing much left but seppuku.

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