That appears to be what has been established between the United States and Iraq in figuring out the future status of American forces in Iraq and when those forces may ultimately be able to come home. For more on this issue, you should make sure to check out this interivew between NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and General David Petraeus: I can see myself signing on to | Read More »
Barack Obama’s Judgment Means Longer Wars
The McCain campaign has been showing signs of life, as Moe deftly points out. There is one issue that we know motivates McCain enough to go on the offensive, and that is national security in general and the war in Iraq in particular. Barack Obama is set to travel to Iraq to view firsthand the success of the troop surge strategy that he opposed. And | Read More »
Obama; The World Tour
As you may recall Barack Obama refused the offer from John McCain to share a trip to Iraq. This proffer came from a man who has visited the country and our forces 8 times now. While in my mind, it is facile to explain most events which a politician undertakes as “political”, Mr. McCain has done his best to keep the trips focused and meaningful. | Read More »
So What is Obama’s Position On Iraq?
The Short answer is “Whatever the Politics Demand.” Watch the following video documentary released by the McCain’s presidential campaign entitled “The Obama Iraq Documentary: Whatever the Politics Demand.” The documentary examines Obama’s multitude of inconsistent statements on Iraq and presents a timeline of Obama’s political positioning on Iraq, including Obama’s incorrect judgment that the surge would fail. Obama sounds as consistent as John Kerry.
A Simple Game Of Obamaball
Want to see an awesome game? Sponsored by John McCain, I dare you to try and follow the Obamaball as it goes back and forth below the fold:
Shorter New York Times
People in Iraq really like Barack Obama personally, but they will like him a whole lot less if Obama follows through on his campaign promises on Iraq. Oh, and John McCain was right about the surge.
The successful surge strategy in graphs
Every picture tells a story, don’t it. The following graphs don’t tell the whole story of the surge strategy because Iraq is a big and old and complex place, but they do provide some measures of how the strategy is going, and it’s going quite well. Civilian casualties are way down, to historic lows. So are U.S. military casualties.
Articles of Interest 7-17-2008
110 Days Until Election DayJuly 17, 2008 MORNING UPDATE: RIDE YOUR BIKE TO WORK DAY…took place yesterday, so I rode in on my Road King, but what really upset me was when I stopped for gas to top off my tank and it cost me over $16 to fill my Harley!?! Please sign our petition below. Now for the really fun part of my day, | Read More »
Is The Tide Turning?
Barack Obama’s days of having his Iraq policy uncritically accepted by the punditocracy appear to have come to an end: BARACK OBAMA yesterday accused President Bush and Sen. John McCain of rigidity on Iraq: “They said we couldn’t leave when violence was up, they say we can’t leave when violence is down.” Mr. Obama then confirmed his own foolish consistency. Early last year, when the | Read More »
Washington Post: Obama “Foolish” and “Irrational” and “Wrong” on Iraq
First the Post Editorial Board scolded Obama for ducking the townhall debates, after saying he would debate McCain anywhere, any time. Now they think he’s an idiot on Iraq. Welcome to the party boys. Barack Obama yesterday accused President Bush and Sen. John McCain of rigidity on Iraq: “They said we couldn’t leave when violence was up, they say we can’t leave when violence is | Read More »
Anti-Surge Commentary, Meet Memory Hole
Now that the Obama campaign has resolved to eliminate traces of the Senator’s opposition to the surge from is website, can we finally say that the presumptive Democratic nominee is not of the “reality-based” species? And let it be noted that Google evidently does not cache Obama’s website–convenient, that. Evidently, the patron saint of reality-based politics can’t quite adjust to new realities now that it | Read More »
Iraq Trip is going to hurt Obamessiah
One thing that I have been dwelling upon lately has been the possible consequences of Barack’s Superstar World Tour 2008. He believes that he can gain Presidential stature and gravitas. However, one thing he may not have counted on is the same thing that has helped him win the nomination in the first place. Namely, the mainstream media. Imagine that Centcom and MNF-I is able | Read More »
Barack Obama’s Uninformed Plan For Iraq And Afghanistan
He has made one trip to Iraq. He has never been to Afghanistan. His military policy decisions are based on a long standing anti-war agenda and advice from everyone EXCEPT active commanders in the field like General David Patraeus. Yet Barack Obama has now seen fit to make a major policy statement concerning Iraq, Afghanistan and the on going was against terrorism. Appeasing the liberal | Read More »
Senator Burr: Obama Will Probably Ignore Gen. Petraeus
This morning I talked to Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) about Senator Obama’s shifting positions on Iraq. He made a lot of great points worth repeating here. Initially, I asked him what he thought had brought about all of Obama’s policy shifts on Iraq. He said, as with all campaigns, Obama built his campaign around certain assumptions and then formed his policy positions from those assumptions. | Read More »
Barack Obama Purges His Website. No Longer Critical of the Surge.
When the situation in Iraq was going badly, Barack Obama wanted us to retreat. When the surge took hold and the situation in Iraq improved, Barack Obama wanted us to retreat. No turn in Iraq went unstoned in Obama’s commitment to retreat and surrender. Not any more. Obama has thrown his old positions under the bus. And, for a guy whose campaign claims to get | Read More »