It seems BHO is changing his tune on two of his most important campaign platforms. Obama Admitted His Primary Rhetoric Was "Overheated And Amplified." "'Sometimes during campaigns the rhetoric gets overheated and amplified,' he conceded, after I reminded him that he had called NAFTA 'devastating' and 'a big mistake,' despite nonpartisan studies concluding that the trade zone has had a mild, positive effect on the U.S. economy." (Nina Easton, "Obama: NAFTA Not So Bad After All," Fortune, 6/18/08) In An Interview With Fortune To Be Featured In The Magazine's Upcoming Issue, The Presumptive Democratic Nominee Backed Off His Harshest Attacks On The Free Trade Agreement And Indicated He Didn't Want To Unilaterally Reopen Negotiations On NAFTA." (Nina Easton, "Obama: NAFTA Not So Bad After All," Fortune, 6/18/08) "Now, However, Obama Says He Doesn't Believe In Unilaterally Reopening NAFTA. On The Afternoon That I Sat Down With Him To Discuss The Economy, Obama Said He Had Just Spoken With Harper, Who Had Called To Congratulate Him On Winning The Nomination." (Nina Easton, "Obama: NAFTA Not So Bad After All," Fortune, 6/18/08) Republican National Committee: Obama vs. Obama on NAFTA - FOXBusiness.com BHO also is backing away from his much touted 16 month time line for a withdrawal from Iraq. Now while BHO hasn't actually said this, the comments and signals of his campaign advisers seem telling Samantha Power, before she resigned from the campaign for making an indiscreet remark about Hillary Clinton, told the BBC, He will, of course, not rely upon some plan that hes crafted as a Presidential candidate or a U.S. senator. He will rely upon a planan operational planthat he pulls together in consultation with people who are on the ground. Last month, the Center for a New American Security, which has become something like Obamas foreign-policy think tank, released a report that argued against a timetable for withdrawal, regardless of the state of the war, and in favor of conditional engagement, declaring, Under this strategy, the United States would not withdraw its forces based on a firm unilateral schedule. Rather, the time horizon for redeployment would be negotiated with the Iraqi government and nested within a more assertive approach to regional diplomacy. The United States would make it clear that Iraq and America share a common interest in achieving sustainable stability in Iraq, and that the United States is willing to help support the Iraqi government and build its security and governance capacity over the long term, but only so long as Iraqis continue to make meaningful political progress. Its impossible to know if this persuasive document mirrors Obamas current thinking, but heres a clue: it was co-written by one of his Iraq advisers, Colin Kahl. New Yorker: Obama's Iraq problem - The New Yorker - MSNBC.com I though BHO was supposed to be a different politician, you know one we can "believe in"