Friday, September 05, 2008

Obama Admits Surge Worked

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After getting pummeled by Sarah Palin about not using the word "victory" once when talking about Iraq, Obama was forced on the defensive and said this:

As recently as July, the Democratic presidential candidate declined to rate the surge a success, but said it had helped reduce violence in the country. On Thursday, Obama acknowledged the 2007 increase in U.S. troops has benefited the Iraqi people.

“I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama said while refusing to retract his initial opposition to the surge. “I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”
What will piss the lefties off more, the fact he said it or the fact he said it to O'Reilly on Fox News? I'm guessing some of the former and a hell of a lot of the latter.

It has been gospel to this point--from Harry Reid to Nancy Pelosi--that the Surge has been a dismal failure. They've clung to the though of defeat even though they seemed like the bumbling "Comical Ali" who claimed the Americans were losing in Iraq as we were surrounding Baghdad.

Obama was forced into saying essentially that we won and that's unacceptable for liberals. Of course he goes on to talk about "political reconciliation" not being what it should be, etc. even though Arab politics tend to never be based on any type of universal agreement between coalitions.

McCain was a leading advocate of the Surge and it could have cost him everything politically if it had failed. Thank the Good Lord it didn't and now McCain deserves the accolades that come with backing a strategy that seemed certain to fail when first discussed and implemented. Obama, on the other hand, was against the Surge from the beginning and was wrong. It was the most-important foreign policy issue taken up by the Senate in the last three years and he failed.

At least he admits that our military can do something right--a monumental shift in the Democratic party.

Palin is paying huge dividends already.

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