Power before her resignation
If you're thinking Barack Obama is your candidate because he's pledged to bring the troops home faster than Hillary Clinton (and certainly more quickly than John McCain) you might want to reevaluate your support.
That's because a recently severed top campaign aide to the Illinois U.S. senator said in an interview that Obama's campaign promise to withdraw within 16-months of taking office is, well, just that, a campaign promise.
In an interview with the BBC, Samantha Power, who resigned last weekend as Obama's top foreign policy adviser, said, after he entered the Oval Office, a President Obama might take another look at what's going on on the ground. Especially after consulting with military experts with whom he has no access today.
This sounds suspiciously like the results of the mid-term elections, when the Democrats seized control of the Congress on the platform and promise of ending the war. Once they got into office they learned that promising this during a campaign and effecting it on the Hill are two different things.
It all should serve as a reminder that you can take anything and everything these candidates say with a grain of salt. The purpose of running for office is to get elected, not to fulfill campaign promises. Campaign promises that are designed to get you and me to vote for them.
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