From The Tank:
Senator Obama: Mission Illogical?
Friday, July 11, 2008
What’s the deal, Senator Obama? For 915 days now, you have avoided Iraq like the plague and have refused to meet one-on-one with General Petraeus. You’ve continued to ignore the truth about Iraq — violence is down, the Iraqi military is taking control, political progress is accelerating — in favor of spreading false gloom and doom. With all the good news coming from Iraq, where’s this so-called “change we can believe in?” It’s becoming clear that facts on the ground, the strategy adopted by our top-level commanders, and the desire of our troops to complete their mission all undermine the whole purpose of your candidacy.
When the president announced his plans for the surge in his 2007 State of the Union address, you scoffed: “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.” A year ago this week, only one month into the surge, you made this bold and completely erroneous statement: "Here's what we know. The surge has not worked." Last November on “Meet the Press,” you said, “not only have we not seen improvements, but we're actually worsening, potentially, a situation there,” and stated: “I would end this war, and I would have the troops out within 16 months.” On March 19, 2008, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, you stated that upon becoming President you would “immediately begin to remove our troops.” Today, everyone knows the surge has worked — even John Murtha and Hillary Clinton have admitted it. You consistently claim to have the judgment to lead our great nation, Senator Obama; now it’s time to use that judgment and acknowledge reality.
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