Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Surge Worked

Yet Obama says if he had to do it all over again, he still wouldn't support it. In other words, defeat would have been just fine.

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…"

Meanwhile, for once, McCain isn't letting Obama get away with it:

When you win wars, troops come home," McCain said. "He's been completely wrong on the issue. ... I have been steadfast in my position."

And McCain continued assaulting Obama's record of not supporting the surge of additional troops to Iraq, a strategy that McCain championed and that observers say has helped drive down violence.
"I'm proud that I was right," McCain said. "....That's what judgment is all about. That's why I'm qualified to lead."

Unfortunately for McCain, amid the media Obama crush train, there isn't much attention being given to the truth. I hope McCain is putting together a campaign ad highlighting the fact that Obama was wrong and would have brought our boys home in defeat. It can wait until closer to the election, but it has to be done.