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“I” isn’t just a letter in “Iraq”

Ed Morrissey reminds us that if we’re waiting on the present POTUS to show a little class and at least acknowledge the success in Iraq was due to his predecessor’s strategy and persistence, we shouldn’t hold our breath.  Obama’s weekly address is an indicator of why that’s the case:

On Tuesday, after more than seven years, the United States of America will end its combat mission in Iraq and take an important step forward in responsibly ending the Iraq war.

As a candidate for this office, I pledged I would end this war. As president, that is what I am doing. We have brought home more than 90,000 troops since I took office. We have closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of bases. In many parts of the country, Iraqis have already taken the lead for security.

In the months ahead, our troops will continue to support and train Iraqi forces, partner with Iraqis in counterterrorism missions, and protect our civilian and military efforts. But the bottom line is this: the war is ending. Like any sovereign, independent nation, Iraq is free to chart its own course. And by the end of next year, all of our troops will be home.

Of course he didn’t “end this war”, success has ended it and “we” (meaning “he”) hasn’t brought 90,000 troops home, a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) negotiated by the Bush administration and signed, sealed and delivered before he ever was elected is the reason they’re home.

4 “I”’s, no mention of success, no mention of Bush, and strangely, no mention of inheriting something that seems to be winding up well.

Iraq has been on SOFA auto-drive since the treaty was agreed too by both sides.  It has nothing to do with Obama or his “promise”.  And I’ll make you a bet right now that he’s wrong about all of our troops being home by “the end of next year”.

As Morrissey notes about that promise:

It’s certainly possible, although very unwise. The Iraqis still don’t have much of an air force or navy, and it will take years to build both. They face pressures from Iran and Syria, and while their army can maintain internal security now, they won’t be any match for Iran or Syria alone, let alone together, if the two countries decide to subjugate Baghdad. I’d put that promise in the easier-said-than-done category, where the promise to close Gitmo wound up. If we’re not involved in combat operations, the political pressure to withdraw those forces drops to about the same level of class shown by Barack Obama in this address.

I’d say that’s about right.



14 Responses to “I” isn’t just a letter in “Iraq”

  • HUGE-bris, as I have dubbed it.  Obama transcends mere hubris.  Was there EVER a more pathological person in the White House?  As I noted before, I can’t fault him for being sick.  I CAN and DO fault him for putting himself in power.

  • Of course, I predicted all of this. How Iraq was the biggest foreign policy mistake in history, how Bush just botched the whole thing until he began listening to wise leftists like me and coopted the noble brown savages fighting against us. Then I praised him, of course, and no I don’t have to cite any links showing that, so stop asking.

    Though he should have coopted those noble brown savages the day after the invasion instead of waiting two years. They would have gleefully joined forces with us in the spirit of universal brotherhood. It was completely unnecessary to show them that the alternative was that they would be killed by crazed Marines who have been driven insave by combat. I decree it.

    And shut up about how I kept predicting increasing violence after the surge and insisted that Sadr beat Maliki! Just shut up about that! It was solid analysis {analysis, analysis analysis} and not just left wing talking point opinion that I got from Juan Cole! If you disagree, you doth protest too much!

    Anyway, Obama has been able to bring it all to a successful conclusion, and I can’t believe you mean righties begrudge him some crowing about that. He is so brilliant to figure out how to make this a success. And he didn’t either just passively let Bush’s strategy play out. Stop saying that.

    I suspect Obama will ride this success to help the Democrats have a great election this fall. I suspect you dense righties are going to be surprised about how well the Democrats do. And Obama will almost certainly win re-election in 2012. He will campaign on the important issue of stopping a nationwide catastrophe by creating a program to eliminate the giant magenta caterpillars with Sarah Palin’s face, full lips, and ample bosom that are taking over the nation. Their mind control, via winks through naughty librarian glasses, is a serious threat to the nation, but I have it on good authority that Obama is on it. He thinks like me you know.

    I have to go now. The nurse needs to administer my medication to make me resistant to giant magenta caterpillars while I teach my class. If I don’t take my medication, the caterpillars come right in and sit at desks and start asking questions, as if they were students. But when I take my medication, I don’t see them they don’t show up.

  • The Iraqis still don’t have much of an air force or navy, and it will take years to build both.

    When last I checked the Iraqis don’t have much of an Army either.  They ought to have a decent infantry by now, but armor and artillery?  Not really.

    • Guess who just figured out that they don’t have much of an air force either …

      Iranian Air Force seeks return of F-14 bombers from U.S.
      Tehran Times Political

      TEHRAN – A top general declared on Tuesday that the Iranian Air Force is seeking a return of fighter jets it bought from the U.S. in the 1970s.

      The United States sold 80 F-14s to Iran in 1974. However, it refused to deliver them to Iran after the Islamic Revolution.

      “We want to take back bombers blocked by the U.S. because it is our legitimate right. However, this issue must be pursued by relevant organizations through relevant channels,” Hossein Chitforoush, the Air Force Deputy Commander, told the Mehr News Agency

    • Even funnier … it’s been 4 years since the US Air Force retired the F-14

      VIRGINIA BEACH — In a ceremony today that reminded guests of why it was retired, the Navy holstered the F-14 Tomcat, the top gun in its Cold War arsenal and one of the most recognizable warplanes in history.
      Maintenance costs for the F-14 have soared, and its replacement, the F/A-18 Super Hornet, is more versatile and cheaper to maintain. The maintenance issue appeared again at the plane’s retirement ceremony.

  • Funny how he declared the surge a failure…..

  • Back to bein “Imeme” is he?

  • It would have cost him nothing to acknowledge that the SOFA was negotiated under Bush, and would have gained him points as being a classy thing to do.
    The man has no class, and a massive ego.  Not a reassuring combination.

    • Well, it would have cost him about of the third of the left when their heads exploded.

      • Doesn’t sound like a bad thing to me – as long as I don’t have to clean up the mess.

  • Gibbs was quite emphatic yesterday that the surge was a failure and the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Bush was simply a blank piece of paper that Obama had to fill in.  So, under those circumstances, all hail Obama.
    It is obvious that Bush was the worst President ever.  All the domestic problems are his fault.  All foreign problems are his fault.  And, there were no successes at all in his 8 years: not even one accidental success.