John on May 30, 2008 at 9:14 pm
Allah has this clip along with some worthwhile analysis. I’ll just keep it short add my two cents.
Back in January of ’07 that was the easy line and Barack was leading the charge. Here it is on his website:
In January 2007, he introduced legislation in the Senate to remove all of our combat troops from Iraq by March 2008.
Barack had no doubt that the surge was going to fail. None at all. Now that reality has proven him wrong, he sends out his flunkies to move the goalposts, just as he’s done with the “no preconditions” meeting with Iran. Of course that pledge, made on television, was foolish but one could argue we don’t know what might come of it unless we try. Maybe a meeting with Ahmadinejad really will create a new age of good will.
But it’s a different story with the surge. The surge has worked. US deaths are down dramatically again this month. Best of all, we are winning against al Quaeda globally in part because we’re beating them in Iraq. The CIA confirmed this in no uncertain terms just today:
While cautioning that al-Qaeda remains a serious threat, Hayden said Osama bin Laden is losing the battle for hearts and minds in the Islamic world and has largely forfeited his ability to exploit the Iraq war to recruit adherents. Two years ago, a CIA study concluded that the U.S.-led war had become a propaganda and marketing bonanza for al-Qaeda, generating cash donations and legions of volunteers.
All that has changed, Hayden said in an interview with The Washington Post this week that coincided with the start of his third year at the helm of the CIA.
In short, because we stuck it out, the tide has turned in our favor and against the jihadists and lunatics like Ahmedinejad. Obama wasn’t just wrong, he was dead wrong on this. For a man running his campaign on “judgment”, he just blew the biggest issue facing the nation in a spectacular, undeniable way.
Related: If you’re certain Iraq is synonymous with failure, read this. Here’s the key line (as it relates to this post):
the likely Democratic nominee needs a plan for Iraq based on sustaining an improving situation, rather than abandoning a failed enterprise…Obama floated his strategy for Iraq last year, the United States appeared doomed to defeat. Now he needs a plan for success.
Obama was dead wrong.
[HT: Hot Air]
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