Iraq War, President Obama, and President Bush

Today the President told yet another lie proving once again that he is totally comfortable with the act.

“As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end,” Mr. Obama told a convention of Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta on Monday. “Shortly after taking office, I announced our new strategy for Iraq and for a transition to full Iraqi responsibility. And I made it clear that by August 31, 2010, America’s combat mission in Iraq would end. And that is exactly what we are doing — as promised and on schedule.”

The administration is so quick to blame President Bush for our problems, and so quick to accept credit for anything that goes right, even if it’s a result of the Bush policies.  It is juvenile on its face, and unprecedented in our lifetimes.

What the President has actually done is stayed the course of President Bush, including the overall war strategy as well as the same transition and withdrawal dates.  The amazing and deeply troubling aspect of this is that this administration will claim credit for “ending” a war that they did everything in their power to lose, including declaring it lost and inspiring our enemies all for political gain.

I am not against those who opposed the war as a matter of conscience, or who believed we had lost the war in 2006 and thought we should withdraw (though their judgement proved wrong, which is an important consideration).  What I am against, vehemently, is those who made statements about the war that they knew were untrue all for political purposes and political gain.

This was particularly clear when Senator John Kerry (D, Massachusetts) decided in September of 2004 that he was going to lose the election if he didn’t turn against the war to contrast himself with President Bush, and he did an overnight 180 and began trashing the war status and essentially said we had lost.

Of course today the President, who has not made a single speech about the Iraq war as President and only visited there once as a Senator and during his presidency (once in total), refused to use the word “victory” or “win” today.  He said, over and over, the war would “end”.

At a huge but clearly worthwhile cost, 25 million people live in a fragile democracy that is likely to hold, rather than under a brutal dictator that destabilized the most crucial region in the world.  For this we have President Bush thank.  We are winning, and can win if President Obama embraces the opportunity.

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