Byron York at NROhighlights a breathtaking snippet from Terry Moran’s interview with Obama yesterday:
TERRY MORAN: The surge of U.S. troops, combined with ordinary Iraqis’ rejection of both al Qaeda and Shiite extremists have transformed the country. Attacks are down more than 80% nationwide. U.S. combat casualties have plummeted, five this month so far, compared with 78 last July, and Baghdad has a pulse again. If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you — would you support the surge?
OBAMA: No, because — keep in mind that —
MORAN: You wouldn’t?
OBAMA: Well, no, keep — these kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult. Hindsight is 20/20. I think what I am absolutely convinced of is that at that time, we had to change the political debate, because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with…”
So essentially Obama is saying, hey, I don’t care that the situation in Iraq has improved so dramatically, that US casualties have fallen from 78 last July to just 5 so far this month, I will never acknowledge that President Bush was right in any way regarding Iraq.
This just floors me, that Obama, rather than allow for the possibility that he was wrong about something, if he had to do it over again would have preferred to have US troops come scurrying home in a humiliating defeat last year instead of supporting the course of action that has improved the situation so dramatically and has us at the point where its possible to envision victory.
In his rejected New York Times EditorialSenator McCain noted that Obama “never talks about winning the war—only of ending it.” He should keep hitting Obama on that point, and on this bizzare unwillingness to acknowledge that it was a good thing that the surge happened.
Wasn’t one of the Left’s biggest complaints against Bush for the past eight years the allegation that he was incapable of acknowledging he was ever wrong about anything? Interesting, isn’t it, now that the shoe is on the other foot.