From Barack Obama’s Senatorial Website:
“In October 2002, before being elected to the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama made a speech opposing the Bush Administration’s plan to go to war in Iraq because he felt it was an ill-conceived venture which would “require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undermined cost, with undetermined consequences.” Now, as a U.S. Senator, Senator Obama has continued to critique the Administration’s mishandling of this war, and believes that while our troops have done an outstanding job in Iraq, there can be no military solution to what is inherently a political conflict between Iraq’s warring factions.”
Other Things Obama Has Said:
Chicago Tribune in July 2004, “There’s not that much difference between my position and George Bush’s position at this stage.”
Senate Campaign, 2004:
[I] would be willing to send more soldiers to Iraq if it is part of a strategy that the President and military leaders believe will stabilize the country and eventually allow America to withdraw.
“If that strategy made sense and would lead ultimately to the pullout of U.S. troops but in the short term required additional troop strength to protect those who are already on the ground, then that’s something I would support,”
PBS’s Charlie Rose, post Senate victory:
[O]nce the decision was made, then we’ve got to do everything we can to stabilize the country, to make it successful, because we’ll have too much at stake in the Middle East. And that’s the position that I continue to take.