CBSNews.com: But isn't it somewhat ironic that it may be the surge that he opposed, that John McCain supported, that allows Senator Obama, if he becomes president, to begin withdrawing troops from a much more stable situation?
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Look, **the whole stated purpose of the surge was to provide separation and relief**, so that there could be political progress. Which **there has been none**. None of. So, that's why we continue to say that **the surge was not effective**. Because the stated purpose of the surge was to provide that sort of separation so that politically, the Iraqi government could stand on their own. And they have yet to be able to do that.
That's pretty stunning that a member of Congress could be so misleading in an attempt to totally discredit the troops.
The purpose of the surge was to rout out Al Qaeda, stabilize Iraq, and provide conditions to make it secure enough for Iraqis to stand up and take over.
That has happened.
This goes directly back to Obama saying he'd still oppose the surge if he had to revote. The fact is that the surge has worked. And here is a surrogate for Barack Obama's campaign saying the surge has not worked.
That is totally unbelievable, but it goes to the heart of why so many people can believe Obama would ignore the troops and refuse to meet with them.
Obama's campaign wants us to believe he supports the troops, but not the war. Don't believe they support the troops when they are not even willing to admit that what the troops have done was, in fact, successful.