Magazine article The American Conservative

Barack's Broken Promises

Magazine article The American Conservative

Barack's Broken Promises

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WINDING DOWN THE WAR ON TERROR "It is time to bring our troops home because it has made us less safe."

--Barack Obama, New York Times, Aug. 12, 2007

"President Barack Obama has approved a significant troop increase for Afghanistan. ... The increased troop levels are expected to last three to four years, the military official said. However, the administration official said there was no clear timeline."--CNN, Feb. 18, 2009

CUTTING SPENDING

"There is no doubt that we've been living beyond our means and we're going to have to make some adjustments. Now, what I've done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut."--Barack Obama, Oct. 15, 2008 "Mr. Obama plans to increase the debt by at least $9.1 trillion over the next decade. In that period of time, Mr. Obama's programs will increase federal spending by $400 billion to $500 billion per year ... the largest peacetime increase ever in government spending."

--Washington Times, Jan. 19, 2010

CLOSING GITMO

"I don't want to be ambiguous about this. We are going to close Guantanamo."--Barack Obama, "This Week," Jan. 12, 2009 "As one of his very first acts as president, Obama signed an executive order to close the military prison for terror suspects within a year. The one-year mark arrives Friday, and he will miss it by a wide margin, likely a year or more. He has not offered a new deadline."

--The Canadian Press, Jan. 21, 2010

LIMITING EXECUTIVE POWER

"I will not use signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law."

--Barack Obama, Boston Globe, Dec. 20, 2007

"We were surprised to read your signing statement in which you expressed the view that you are constitutionally free to ignore the conditions duly adopted in the legislative process ..."

--Reps. Barney Frank and David Obey, letter to President Obama, July 21, 2009

BROKERING MIDEAST PEACE

"My goal is to make sure that we work, starting from the minute I'm sworn into office, to try to find some breakthroughs. …

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