• Barack Obama,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain

    Damn Obama, Make Up Your Fraking Mind About the Iraq War Surge


    Damn. Talk about triangulation, or “hide the ball.”

    Here is John McCain on the Iraq War Surge (interview with CBS’s Katie Couric):

    Couric: Senator McCain, Senator Obama says, while the increased number of US troops contributed to increased security in Iraq, he also credits the Sunni awakening and the Shiite government going after militias. And says that there might have been improved security even without the surge. What’s your response to that? McCain: I don’t know how you respond to something that is as– such a false depiction of what actually happened. Colonel McFarlane [phonetic] was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that’s just a matter of history. Thanks to General Petraeus, our leadership, and the sacrifice of brave young Americans. I mean, to deny that their sacrifice didn’t make possible the success of the surge in Iraq, I think, does a great disservice to young men and women who are serving and have sacrificed.

    They were out there. They were protecting these sheiks. We had the Anbar awakening. We now have a government that’s effective. We have a legal system that’s working, although poorly. And we have progress on all fronts. Including– an incredible measure of security for the people of Iraq. There will still be attacks. Al Qaeda’s not defeated. But the progress has been immense. And to not recognize that, and why it happened, and how it happened, I think is– is really quite a commentary.

    Couric: A commentary on what?

    McCain: That Senator Obama does not understand the challenges we face. And … not understand the need for the surge. And– and the fact that he did not understand that, and still denies that it has succeeded, I think the American people will make their judgment. And I think that they will agree with me, that at enormous sacrifice, after four years, nearly four years of failed strategy, we have succeeded. And our troops will come home with honor. And we won’t be defeated. And there won’t be chaos in the region. There won’t be increased Iranian influence in the region. And it will have a bearing on what happens in Afghanistan, as well as the entire region of the world. And I’m proud of what they’ve done. And to deny their success– I think is a fundamental misunderstanding of what happened. The American people will make a judgment.

    Here is Obama (as interviewed by Katie Couric):

    Couric: But talking microcosmically, did the surge, the addition of 30,000 additional troops … help the situation in Iraq?

    Obama: Katie, as … you’ve asked me three different times, and I have said repeatedly that there is no doubt that our troops helped to reduce violence. There’s no doubt.

    Couric: But yet you’re saying … given what you know now, you still wouldn’t support it … so I’m just trying to understand this.

    Obama: Because … it’s pretty straightforward. By us putting $10 billion to $12 billion a month, $200 billion, that’s money that could have gone into Afghanistan. Those additional troops could have gone into Afghanistan. That money also could have been used to shore up a declining economic situation in the United States. That money could have been applied to having a serious energy security plan so that we were reducing our demand on oil, which is helping to fund the insurgents in many countries. So those are all factors that would be taken into consideration in my decision– to deal with a specific tactic or strategy inside of Iraq.

    Couric: And I really don’t mean to belabor this, Senator, because I’m really, I’m trying … to figure out your position. Do you think the level of security in Iraq …

    Obama: Yes.

    Couric … would exist today without the surge?

    Obama: Katie, I have no idea what would have happened had we applied my approach, which was to put more pressure on the Iraqis to arrive at a political reconciliation. So this is all hypotheticals. What I can say is that there’s no doubt that our U.S. troops have contributed to a reduction of violence in Iraq. I said that– not just today, not just yesterday, but I’ve said that– previously. What that doesn’t change is that we’ve got to have a different strategic approach if we’re going to make America as safe as possible.

    Flap continues to be amazed that this “ROOKIE” will be allowed to triangulate or fail to make a position statement on “THE SURGE.”

    Suppose it comes from Obama’s days when he was allowed to vote PRESENT in the Illinois Legislature.

    Damn Obama. Man up and take a position. Take a stand.

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  • Barack Obama,  George W. Bush,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain

    John McCain – Obama Wrong About Iraq Then and Now

    Sen. John McCain criticized Sen. Barack Obama’s foreign policy position at the onset of his landmark tour of Iraq, saying he hoped the trip would address his “gross misjudgment.”

    Of course, Barack Obama and the Democrats like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were wrong about Iraq – past and present.

    Interesting how they are NOW taking credit for success.

    Will American voters realize this or is there Iraq War and Bush fatigue?

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  • Barack Obama,  George W. Bush,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain,  Nouri al-Maliki

    Iraq War Watch: The Squeeze


    Iraq Prime Minister al-Maliki and President Bush

    Prime Minister al Maliki this weekend agreed with Barack Obama’s timetable for withdrawal of American combat troops and then he didn’t.

    Team McCain said al-Maliki was playing domestic politics and the LEFT said “The One” had been correct about the Iraq War all along.

    Now, the astute AP is talking about a SQUEEZE by Iraq politicians.

    The Iraqi prime minister’s seeming endorsement of Barack Obama’s troop withdrawal plan is part of Baghdad’s strategy to play U.S. politics for the best deal possible over America’s military mission.

    The goal is not necessarily to push out the Americans quickly, but instead give Iraqis a major voice in how long U.S. troops stay and what they will do while still there.

    It also is designed to refurbish the nationalist credentials of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who owes his political survival to the steadfast support of President Bush. Now, an increasingly confident Iraqi government seems to be undermining long-standing White House policies on Iraq.

    You think?

    The truth is without President Bush remaining steadfast on his Iraq War policy and John MCCain actively supporting the SURGE, the Iraq War would not have been won.

    Will American voters remember?

    Or care?

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  • Barack Obama,  George W. Bush,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain,  President 2008

    Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki Supports Obama’s Withdrawal Plans After Bush Wins War; Update: Al-Maliki’s Remarks Misunderstood, Mistranslated and Not Conveyed Accurately


    Now, a spokesman has said that al-Maliki’s remarks “were misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately.”

    Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the possibility of troop withdrawal was based on the continuance of security improvements, echoing statements that the White House made Friday after a meeting between al-Maliki and U.S. President Bush.


    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he agrees with US presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plans for withdrawing US troops from Iraq

    The LEFT and Team Obama will try to spin Iraqi Prime Minister’s Nuri al-Maliki’s interview with Speigel Online – even with the change in the quote.

    The first quote:

    SPIEGEL: Would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the US troops will finally leave Iraq?

    Maliki: As soon as possible, as far as we’re concerned. US presidential candidate Barack Obama is right when he talks about 16 months. Assuming that positive developments continue, this is about the same time period that corresponds to our wishes.

    The changed quote:

    SPIEGEL: Would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the US troops will finally leave Iraq?

    Maliki: As soon as possible, as far as we’re concerned. U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.

    Read the entire Speigel interview here.

    And, then read the shortened pro-Obama Reuters version.

    What Reuters and other news accounts will fail to emphasize is that under Barack Obama’s anti-SURGE policy, Prime Minister al-Maliki would not be in the postion to see an American withdrawal of combat troops. It is because of the success of General Petraeus and President Bush that the United States has won the Iraq War.

    Let’s look at Obama’s quotes about the SURGE:

    • In October 2006–three months before the president’s new strategy was unveiled–Obama said, “It is clear at this point that we cannot, through putting in more troops or maintaining the presence that we have, expect that somehow the situation is going to improve, and we have to do something significant to break the pattern that we’ve been in right now.”
    • On January 10, 2007, the night the surge was announced, Obama declared, “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq are going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”
    • A week later, he insisted the surge strategy would “not prove to be one that changes the dynamics significantly.”
    • And in reaction to the president’s January 23 State of the Union address, Obama said, I don’t think the president’s strategy is going to work. We went through two weeks of hearings on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; experts from across the spectrum–military and civilian, conservative and liberal–expressed great skepticism about it. My suggestion to the president has been that the only way we’re going to change the dynamic in Iraq and start seeing political commendation is actually if we create a system of phased redeployment. And, frankly, the president, I think, has not been willing to consider that option, not because it’s not militarily sound but because he continues to cling to the belief that somehow military solutions are going to lead to victory in Iraq.

    Democrat Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and Senator Barack Obama said the war was “LOST” and the surge would not and did not work. Now, the Democrats are spinning the credit for peace in Iraq that President Bush and pro-SURGE pols, such as John McCain rightly deserve. The Iraq War is over – America won.

    Fancy that and the MSM like Reuters are happy to spin the story for Obama and the Democrats.

    But, will the media get away with it with the American voters?

    Stay tuned……..

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  • Barack Obama,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain,  President 2008

    John McCain Hits Barack Obama in New TV Ad on Foreign Policy

    John McCain’s latest television ad: “Troop Funding”

    In a hard-hitting television ad, John McCain goes afer Barack Obama on foreign policy.

    The script:

    ANNCR: Barack Obama never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan.

    He hasn’t been to Iraq in years.

    He voted against funding our troops.

    Positions that helped him win his nomination. Now Obama is changing to help himself become president.

    John McCain has always supported our troops and the surge that’s working.

    McCain. Country first.

    JOHN MCCAIN: I’m John McCain and I approve this message.

    Ouch. This is going to leave a mark.

    The television ad goes “live” in 11 battleground states and on national cable channels today.


    Team McCain has just released a statement from the Senator about the television ad:

    “Progress between the United States and Iraq on a time horizon for American troop presence is further evidence that the surge has succeeded. Most of the U.S. forces used in the surge have already been withdrawn. When a further conditions-based withdrawal of U.S. forces is possible, it will be because we and our Iraqi partners built on the successes of the surge strategy, which Senator Obama opposed, predicted would fail, voted against and campaigned against in the primary. When we withdraw, we will withdraw with honor and victory. An honorable and victorious withdrawal would not be possible if Senator Obama’s views had prevailed. An artificial timetable based on political expediency would have led to disaster and could still turn success into defeat. If we had followed Senator Obama’s policy, Iraq would have descended into chaos, American casualties would be far higher, and the region would be destabilized.”

    McCain takes RIGHT after Obama who is attempting to “triangulate” his former anti-Surge Iraq War policy.

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  • Barack Obama,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain,  President 2008

    Barack Obama on the Iraq War – “Whatever The Politics Demand”


    Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air has the poop on the afternoon Team McCain blogger conference call (to which Flap was invited) featuring Representative Marsha Blackburn, R- TN and Michael Goldfarb, the offical blogger at the The McCain Report.

    Flap’s question:

    Flapsblog – Will the latest ad (see below)be going on broadcast television? Not in its current form It’s a web ad. Will they run contrast ads during Obama’s trip? Yes; Obama set the precedent for that during the Colombia trip.

    John McCain’s web video – The Obama Iraq Documentary: Whatever the Politics Demand

    In a townhall meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, this afternoon, John McCain ripped Barack Obama’s Iraq War policy, including his sixteen month artificial timetable to withdraw American troops.

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Thursday ridiculed Democrat Barack Obama’s vow to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq in 16 months as a political tactic aimed at getting votes.

    Obama in a speech this week stuck by his pledge to withdraw U.S. combat forces from Iraq in 16 months, a policy McCain said would sacrifice the security gains that have recently brought a measure of stability to parts of the country.

    “This success that we have achieved is still fragile and could be reversed,” McCain said on his campaign bus. “And if we do what Sen. Obama wants to do, then all of that could be reversed,” and leave behind chaos and Iranian influence, he said.

    In a town hall meeting in Kansas City, McCain said troop withdrawals must be governed by the situation on the ground, “not some artificial, politically inspired” timetable.

    The problem with Obama is that he was elected by the radical left anti-Iraq War faction of the Democrat Party, the MoveOn.org folks and he cannot move off his position of an immediate withdrawal timetable.

    The “SURGE” has been effective and the United States has quelled violence in Iraq to the point commanders are considering a draw down of troops.

    But, Obama was against the “SURGE.” He favored capitulation and immediate withdrawal – just last year.

    Can you say Barack Obama was against the Iraq War before He was for it? Or can you say Obama’s Iraq War policy is “WHATEVER THE POLITICS DEMAND?”

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  • Barack Obama,  Day By Day,  Iraq,  Iraq War

    Day By Day by Chris Muir July 17, 2008


    Day By Day by Chris Muir

    Gateway pundit reports the second scrubbing of Barack Obama’s website regarding the Iraq War. Obama is spinning the Iraq War because he was wrong on “THE SURGE” and he is wrong on his timetable for withdrawal of American combat troops.

    Barry is in a box. It will be difficult to satiate his friends on the anti-war LEFT, such as MoveOn.org, meet with General Petraeus, accept their recommendations and then differentiate a policy separate from John McCain AND Hillary Clinton.

    Flap now knows what Obama means by “REFINING.”


    The Day By Day Archive

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  • Barack Obama,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain

    John McCain Watch: “Today WE Know Senator Obama Was Wrong”


    Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel, Indy Star

    The MSM is FINALLY recognizing that Barack Obama’s Iraq War policy, including his Flip Flop “Refine” moment is putting Obama on the defensive.

    The anti-war Left of which Obama is a member last Fall said “The Surge” was a failure, the Iraq War war was lost and that the United States should pull out.

    Over the weekend, as first reported by the New York Daily News, the Obama campaign website changed language from declaring “the surge is not working” to that which instead states: “despite the improved security situation, the Iraqi government has not stepped forward to lead the Iraqi people and to reach the genuine political accommodation that was the stated purpose of the surge.”

    An older Obama campaign “fact sheet” from Fall 2007 states more unequivocally that “THE SURGE IS NOT WORKING” since “the Iraqi government has not stepped up.” Obama also maintained that “reduced violence in Anbar Province is the result of cooperation between American forces and Sunni tribes, which started more than 18 months ago, long before the surge. The province is overwhelmingly Sunni, and the tribal leaders there made a political decision to turn against al Qaeda. This does not demonstrate the success of the surge; it demonstrates that the solutions in Iraq are political, not military.”

    Obama’s only mention of Anbar today was to say that the future that “both America and Iraq will be more secure when the terrorist in Anbar is taken out by the Iraqi Army, and the criminal in Baghdad fears Iraqi Police, not just coalition forces.”

    What happened in the meantime is that “The Surge” was effective and the United States essentially won the Iraq War last December.

    Now, Obama will travel back to to Iraq, where he has not been in 919 days, confer with General Petraeus and other military commanders and say what?

    Bring home the troops?

    Senator, the United States won the war – without your support. Troops will be coming home and some will be redeployed to Afghanistan.

    What political judgment Obama has.

    You know, Obama REALLY is a rookie.

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  • Barack Obama,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain,  President 2008

    Barack Obama Watch: The Changing Iraq War Policy


    Graphic courtesy of ABC News

    Consistent with Barack Obama’s FLIP-FLOP on his Iraq War policy a week ago or so, BarackObama.com has been scrubbed of any references to Obama’s opposition to the “Surge.”

    Barack Obama’s campaign scrubbed his presidential Web site over the weekend to remove criticism of the U.S. troop “surge” in Iraq, the Daily News has learned.

    The presumed Democratic nominee replaced his Iraq issue Web page, which had described the surge as a “problem” that had barely reduced violence.

    “The surge is not working,” Obama’s old plan stated, citing a lack of Iraqi political cooperation but crediting Sunni sheiks – not U.S. military muscle – for quelling violence in Anbar Province.

    Well, Obama was wrong on the “SURGE” and now wants to bury the fact that he was WRONG. “Change we can believe in,” right?

    Team McCain is now ridiculing Obama for their blatant flip on the war.

    GOP rival John McCain zinged Obama as a flip-flopper. “The major point here is that Sen. Obama refuses to acknowledge that he was wrong,” said McCain, adding that Obama “refuses to acknowledge that it [the surge] is succeeding.”

    Ed Morrissey asks what changes will we see from Obama when he confers with General Petraeus and the other generals in Iraq?

    Plus Ca Change…….


    John McCain Beats Barack Obama in Commander in Chief Test

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  • Barack Obama,  Iraq,  Iraq War,  John McCain

    John McCain Beats Barack Obama in Commander in Chief Test


    Graphic courtesy of ABC News

    The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is not even close. John McCain beats Obama 72% to 48%


    So, what has happened?

    Iraq War success and American voters recognize that John McCain was RIGHT about the war all along.

    America will NOT support surrender in Iraq. Obama’s flip-flop on his Iraq War position is validation of this – even Obama recognizes the anti-war left has an untenable position.

    As Iraq War success increases so will John McCain in the polls.