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The Lesser Evil's Reckless Promises

In October, 2013, he confessed he had been wrong and in November tried to backtrack provisions of Obamacare that people complained violated his pledge.

Barack Obama

(PORTLAND, OR) - I suspect history will judge Obama harshly for his recklessness.

Aug. 11, 2009: During the original campaign for Obamacare, after he had taken Single Payer off the table, Obama declared to a “town hall” meeting in New Hampshire that, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."

In October, 2013, he confessed he had been wrong and in November tried to backtrack provisions of Obamacare that people complained violated his pledge.

Aug 20, 2012: Obama press conference.

“We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons.  That would change my calculations significantly.

About a year later, he contends that Syria did use chemical weapons ( but major components of the US intelligence “community” weren’t so sure. see http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/quitting-over-syria/ ) and decided to attack Syria for crossing his “red line.” In the face of widespread opposition, he backtracked and asked for Congressional approval but backtracked again by withdrawing the resolution when it was obvious it would be rejected--as the Brit parliament rejected a similar resolution from the its government.

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