As the Iraq war comes to a close with the final pullout of US combat troops, it ends in a victory for the US, not the defeat or quagmire so often predicted by Democrats. In fact, Vice President Biden had this to say a few months ago:
“I am very optimistic about Iraq,” said Biden. “I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.”
Just for fun, let’s see what then Senator Biden had to say in 2007 when the surge (which brought the victory) was being debated:
“We should stop the surge and start bringing our troops home. We should end a political strategy in Iraq that cannot succeed and begin one that can.”
Senator Obama echoed the same sentiment:
“… we have now set the bar so low that modest improvement in what was a completely chaotic situation, to the point where now we just have the levels of intolerable violence that existed in June of 2006, is considered success. And it’s not. This continues to be a disastrous foreign policy mistake.”
And let’s not forget good ol’ Harry Reid: “I believe … that this war is lost, and this surge is not accomplishing anything, as is shown by the extreme violence in Iraq this week”. Of course when he said that, the surge had not even started. But why let a few facts get in the way?
And remember how General Petraeus was called General “Betray Us” in a full page ad in the NY Times by moveon.org?
Of course, now Petraeus is a hero to the media since he has been put in charge of Afghanistan by President Obama (see here).
By the way, I thought Iraq was going to be the next Vietnam? Everything would descend into a quagmire? Guess that didn’t happen either.
Did President Bush make mistakes in the war in Iraq? Yes. Some major ones. But if we are going to saddle him with those mistakes, then he also deserves to be credited with reversing course and devising a winning strategy with the surge. That strategy was opposed by the Democratic party – including Biden and Obama – and for them to now claim credit for the victory that resulted from it is hypocritical to say the least.
One last point. Obama said in a recent speech regarding the original debate over the Iraq war that “there has never been any daylight between us when it comes to supporting the more than one million Americans in uniform have served in Iraq-far more than any conflict since Vietnam.”
That simply is NOT true:
“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime – Pol Pot or others – that had no concern for human beings” – Dick Durbin
“…there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the — of — of — of — historical customs, religious customs, whether you like it or not. Iraqis should be doing that.” – John Kerry
I guess to be fair, I have to assume Obama did not hear what those two men said on the Senate floor. After all, he sat in Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years and missed everything he said!
To our troops in Iraq who fought courageously and tirelessly to achieve victory, I say THANK YOU!!!