Obama Opposed Surge That Ended War in Iraq
When it comes to being a military strategist, President Barack Obama is just plain dismal.
Back in 2007 when President George W. Bush proposed the troop buildup in Iraq that later became known as the surge and eventually resulted in us winning the war, Senator Barack Obama said it was a bad idea.
“I’m not persuaded that putting 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there,” Obama said. “In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”
Turns out that Barack Obama was wrong and that, of course, is a good thing.
The irony is that earlier this week President Obama stood next to Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at a press conference in Washington telling the nation that (thanks to the surge) American troops are coming home and our involvement in Iraq is ending.
Politics being what they are, the president has never publically acknowledged that it’s his predecessor who deserves credit for taking the right steps to end this ugly war.
Obama, of course, wasn’t the only one who had doubts about Bush’s troop surge. The surge had many opponents—including the mainstream news media—who still can’t stand to admit that it worked to the extent we’re seeing today. Most people likely recall that once things started working out for the U.S. in Iraq, the news media pretty much forgot about that war and focused on Afghanistan.
It was the Bush Administration that conceived the troop surge, but it worked because of the bravery and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. It also worked because of the Iraqis, military and civilians, who put their lives on the line to make it work. These accomplishments were beyond the comprehension of Senator Obama. He just didn’t get it and still likely doesn’t.
At the end of this month, the last Americans will leave Iraq. Candidate Barack Obama said he would bring the troops home, but the truth is Obama did very little to end our involvement in Iraq. George W. Bush made it happen. American and Iraqi troops made it happen. If we’d listened to Barack Obama, it wouldn’t have happened.
Many people, including respected military planners, believe it would make sense to leave a small force of American specialists in Iraq to help maintain order and to stand as a deterrent should Iran start rattling its sword. But Barack Obama, the community planner, knows best when it comes to touchy foreign policy situations like this.
Commander in Chief Obama has even more military madness in mind for America. He wants to cut our armed forces back to levels lower than prior to World War I. Those who know better, like the Secretary of Defense, along with current and former high ranking military officers, say this will put our nation in grave danger. Meanwhile, other nations, such as China, which is currently testing its first-ever aircraft carrier, are expanding their military forces dramatically.
It’s a good thing America didn’t listen to Barack Obama when he opposed the troop surge; his plans to dismantle the world’s most powerful military force need to be ignored as well.
His opponents loved to portray George Bush as a dumb cowboy.
It’s too bad the dumb things Barack Obama does and says are essentially ignored by his friends in the news media.