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.
This from Barack’s campaign website:
“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If we had listened to Obama and company, we would have already withdrawn from Iraq without honor and without victory.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.
- I woke up this morning at 5:50 AM on my day off: the phone was ringing. My work was calling to find out if I wanted to come in to work. Not today!
- I was expecting the call to be from Dave to make sure I was up and ready to go for a day of lobstering. Dave called at 6:30 AM to let me know he was heading out of the plant.
- I was glad that Dave would take the time to go out there with me, since Trav ditched me to visit the family in Louisiana. 🙂
- We loaded up the car, grabbed a couple of Jolt Ultra’s and a cooler of ice, and headed to Card Sound road.
- We had a great time, but after about 2 1/2 hours in the water, we caught only 1 lobster (short) and found about 5 large lobster carcasses. We did see one stone crab, quite a few large snook, some mangrove and schoolmaster snapper, a couple shark, and even some drum. No keeper lobster though.
- A couple of guys in a nice Angler 204 with fishing rods came over to see how we were doing, and they ID’d themselves as FWC. I guess they were undercover. They couldn’t believe we were not from a boat, considering that we were quite a way from the bridge. After they saw that we had our flag, our gages, and we were in the legal side, they wished us good luck and went on their way.
- Dave is a maniac, the guy was climbing up in the mangrove roots. I kept getting tangled in the dive flag line and my legs got a little itchy from what I think were jellyfish. I will go back in a few days to do some snapper fishing and try again for some lobster (August 6 is the regular season opener).
- Due to my wheeling and dealing at work, I now have to work 4 straight to make up for my miniseason time off.
- Tonight, Dave and his family are coming over for some chicken and burgers on the Q. I think we will play the Wii too.
- I spent some good times this week watching movies and going to the mall with Marcela. I still didn’t get to see Hancock yet. Maybe Tuesday.
- The blogroll/links section of the blog have been updated. Also, I have created a “Top 5” page to make it easier to find all of my Top 5 lists.
- Tomorrow, I will unveil a new weekly feature. It will be a fun one.
- On a different note, the economy grew at 1.9% in the last quarter, oil prices are dropping faster than ever in history, and faster than they grew. But if you watch the news, you would swear we are in a recession.
- The violence against our troops is at an all time low in Iraq, but you hear absolutely nothing positive in the news. Apparently the mainstream news outlets do not report good things, especially if they reflect positively on Bush administration or the Republican party.
Here is something you won’t see on the mainstream news (CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC). For some reason, US success in Iraq and Pakistan/Afghanistan is not reported on balance but the American deaths, setbacks and struggles are reported at every turn. The news media was also very reluctant to admit that the surge was having positive effect.
The article warns against complacency. It also states that Iran is aiding the militants with weapons, training, and people. But on the whole, we are really kicking some hind parts over there.
“I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.”