Obama vs. Obama on Iraq

Kudos go out to Rep. John Boehner today.  Boehner called out Obama on his brazen attempts to take credit for the success in Iraq.

Bottom line:  Senator  and Prez Candidate Obama declared that Iraq was a “rash” war and that the surge would NEVER work.

Now?  Obama is taking credit for the very thing he said would never work.

From The NYT Caucus via Gateway Pundit:

In advance of President Obama’s Tuesday night speech on Iraq, Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House Republican leader, was set to remind thousands of veterans attending the national convention of the American Legion that Mr. Obama and other Democrats had opposed the military escalation credited with gains in Iraq.

“This day belongs to our troops, whose courage and sacrifices have made the transition to a new mission in Iraq possible,” Mr. Boehner said in excerpts of the speech he was to deliver Tuesday at the legion’s national convention in Milwaukee.

“Some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth-and-nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results,” Mr. Boehner’s speech said.

What was Obama’s position and his very words on Iraq and the surge?

In early 2007, Obama words:

 “We cannot impose a military solution on what has effectively become a civil war,” Obama said on CBS’ Face the Nation. “And until we acknowledge that reality, we can send 15,000 more troops, 20,000 more troops, 30,000 more troops. I don’t know any expert on the region or any military officer that I’ve spoken to privately that believe that that is going to make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground.”
 “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, it will do the reverse….”

2007 Obama campaigning in New Hampshire

 “Obama says there’s no reason to give the president’s troop surge more time.

“Here’s what we know. The surge has not worked. And they said today, ‘Well, even in September, we’re going to need more time.’ So we’re going to kick this can all the way down to the next president, under the president’s plan.”

In July, 2008, Obama said:

“We have not lost a military battle in Iraq. So when people say if we leave, we will lose, they’re asking the wrong question,” he said. “We cannot achieve a stable Iraq with a military. We could be fighting there for the next decade

Also in July, 2008, when the surge is working, Obama scrubs his campaign website of hit staunch stand against the surge:

Barack Obama‘s campaign scrubbed his presidential Web site over the weekend to remove criticism of the U.S. troop “surge” in Iraq, the Daily News has learned.

The presumed Democratic nominee replaced his Iraq issue Web page, which had described the surge as a “problem” that had barely reduced violence.

“The surge is not working,” Obama’s old plan stated, citing a lack of Iraqi political cooperation but crediting Sunni sheiks – not U.S. military muscle – for quelling violence in Anbar Province…..

……..GOP rival John McCain zinged Obama as a flip-flopper. “The major point here is that Sen. Obama refuses to acknowledge that he was wrong,” said McCain, adding that Obama “refuses to acknowledge that it [the surge] is succeeding.”

Of course, Obama must erase his earlier stand when proven wrong… It’s the Obama way….and, true to Obama form, when faced with the facts on the ground,  he discredits the military for any achievements.

What is Obama touting about Iraq now?

At Monday’s White House briefing, spokesman Robert Gibbs gave reporters a preview of President Obama’s speech on Iraq. Obama will apparently take credit for withdrawing U.S. troops — “We are completing a drawdown of almost 100,000 troops that…many did not think was possible,” Gibbs said — but is unlikely to acknowledge any special role played by George W. Bush’s troop surge.
…….”Does he believe that President Bush deserves any credit for the surge, laying the groundwork for troop withdrawal?” a reporter asked Gibbs.

“I’d point you to the many comments that the president has made throughout a number of years about the role that increasing the number of our troops has played, just as a Sunni Awakening has played, just as a better political environment has played,” Gibbs said. “I think that the president will get a chance to talk about a lot of that.”

Later, another reporter tried again. “Does the president believe the surge worked?”

“The president always believed that you would change part of the security situation by vastly increasing the number of troops,” Gibbs said. “But again I think it was important — and the president was criticized for this throughout the campaign — and that is saying that we were not going to accomplish all of what needed to be done in Iraq simply militarily, that there had to be a political accommodation. We understand, again, that if you look at what happened with the Sunni Awakening, there were a whole host of factors that led us to a point in which the president can make good on his commitment to take almost 100,000 combat troops out of Iraq, to fundamentally change our mission in Iraq, to put the Iraqis in the lead for not just their security but their politics and their future. And I think that’s what’s ultimately tremendously important.”

Later, another question: “Why not give President Bush credit for ordering the surge?”

“Again…I’d be happy to circulate the president’s comments that go back to 2007 and go back to 2008 on this,” Gibbs said.

No thanks Gibbs, we’ve already outlined Obama’s opposition to the surge, his proclamation that it failed, his attributions to Iraqi political contributions instead of the troops when the surge began to work…. and his flip-flops on whether military strength is the answer.

And now, clearly, the Obama administration will not acknowledge that Bush’s politically unpopular, but critical, push for the surge, Bush’s plan for leaving Iraq, and its success COMPLETELY paved the way for troop withdrawals, political success in Iraq, and the “Sunni awakening”. 

Oh, and contrary to Obama’s stance in 2008, our  troops have always deserved the credit for their sacrifice, bravery, and commitment.


6 Responses

  1. Honestly, the surge was a battle for improving a War, not winning it. Thank God we are getting out, what a waste of our Youth and Treasury set on a bed of lies.

  2. Montana,
    If the surge was not a strategy for winning the war, then how did we win it?

    Also the lies meme is about as tiresome as the “you’re a racist” meme that flows freely from the lips of liberals.

    If Bush lied about the war, then so did Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Half-bright, John Kerry, a host of Democratic leaders and leaders around the world.

    Guess Bush was quite the intellectual to keep that worldwide, cross-party lying conspiracy covered up.

  3. Shar: The Iraqi State is the only thing that may fail, we will have to wait and see. These two wars of choice are layed at the feet of the self proclaimed boy prince “W” and his henchmen Cheney, but don’t let the facts stop you from spreading your lies. They wanted US in a perpetual war. Our military did everything asked of them and more and frankly deserve better than be spread to thin for far too long. Your party started the wars; my party will clean your mess up whether you like it or not so quit crying. You party lost we won tough break, get over it. Deal with the truth!

  4. Montana,

    Sure….when you decide to come down to earth and in the real world, let us all know.

    Your facts are about scrambled as Obama’s words without a teleprompter.

  5. Oh…Montana.

    Neither party started the war….Al Qaeda did …in the name of Islam.

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