Barack Obama campaigned in the primaries that he would “redeploy” or withdraw troops immediately as president. He voted to defund the troops on the battle field. And both he and Harry Reid along with many other on the left have stated that the surge would not work and had no long term benefit to the war in Iraq.
“Here is the truth: fighting a war without end will not force the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future. And fighting in a war without end will not make the American people safer.
So when I am Commander-in-Chief, I will set a new goal on day one: I will end this war. Not because politics compels it. Not because our troops cannot bear the burden- as heavy as it is. But because it is the right thing to do for our national security, and it will ultimately make us safer.”
If we had listened to Obama and company, we would have already withdrawn from Iraq without honor and without victory. We would have left Iraq in total disarray. Unbelievably, the mainstream news has not covered the incredible progress in Iraq and Obama refuses to acknowledge that he was wrong.
General Petraeus, who the left dubbed “General Betray Us” because they didn’t like his stance that there should be no fixed time table repeats that there is light ahead. We are moving toward Iraq taking the lead in security operations. In this case as in the US economy, good news for Iraq is bad news for the Democrats. Petraeus says that US troops could be leaving Baghdad soon.
Overall, Gen Petraeus said Iraq was a “dramatically changed country” from when he assumed command in February 2007. He said attacks had plummeted from a daily rate of 180 in June 2007 to about 25 recently. He mused that “there is certainly a degree of hope that was not present 19 months ago”.
Gen Petraeus welcomed the increased capability of the Iraqi security forces and the fact that 70 per cent of Iraqi army battalions are now taking the lead in military operations. The US military passed a milestone when it this week handed over responsibility for the former bloody province of Anbar province to Iraqi security forces.
Do we want to elect someone like Obama who has a lack of good judgment? McCain had the fortitued to stand behind the military when it was not a politically smart thing to do so. On this issue, my vote is cast for McCain.