April 13, 2024

Obama on the Iraq Troop Surge

Barack Obama told Bill O’Reilly as much of the truth about Iraq last night as any Democrat not named Leiberman is likely to:

“I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated…I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”

Yuval Levin:

Nobody anticipated the surge would succeed in these ways? Why does he think McCain supported the surge, and Bush pursued it?

Surely a few people anticipated the surge’s success; otherwise, it wouldn’t have been undertaken.  I’d like to gloat but the truth is that I was dubious too, lulled into a false sense of doom by the constant negativity of the news media.  My support was based on our very real obligation to the Iraqi people more than on a sense that the surge would work as it did.

Contrarily, Obama refuses to admit that he was wrong about the troop surge.  How can he?  He’s locked into step with the Reid-Pelosi Withdrawal Brigade and can’t break free despite the fact it’s hurting his campaign in a big way.

We hear a lot about the American troops who die in overseas fighting and rightly so.  The young men and women fighting for our safety and Iraq’s stability deserve to be remembered in life and in death.

Nevertheless, with regard to the true number of casualties involved, the amount of news coverage and its vehemence, ne Olbermann, et al, are both massively out of proportion when compared to the harsh facts of life in inner-city America.

Witness Chicago, Barack Obama’s home city.  Nearly twice as many people were shot and killed in the Windy City – do you think it’s called that for a reason, Mr. Obama? – this summer as compared to U.S troop deaths in Iraq:

In May, cbs2chicago.com began tracking city shootings and posting them on Google maps. Information compiled from our reporters, wire service reports and the Chicago Police Major Incidents log indicated that 123 people were shot and killed throughout the city between the start of Memorial Day weekend on May 26, and the end of Labor Day on Sept. 1.

According to the Defense Department, 65 soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq.

Not to minimize the importance and valor of these soldiers’ sacrifice, but it’s clear that the media has failed to accurately portray the dangers of our situations both at home and in Iraq. 

If Barack Obama was to tell the whole truth I think he’d have to admit, plain and simple, that the Republicans were right and the Democrats were wrong.  But where would that leave him?


Marc is a software developer, writer, and part-time political know-it-all who currently resides in Texas in the good ol' U.S.A.

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