Obama’s new plan for Iraq? Same as the old plan ... Posted by: McQ
on Monday, July 14, 2008
Barack Obama recently said he would go to Iraq to see for himself what was going on and, if elected president, he'd meet with his generals concerning Iraq before taking any action.
Today, in the NY Times, without traveling to Iraq or meeting with any generals, Obama has published "My Plan for Iraq".
Surprisingly, with a bit of spin here and a dab of polish there, he puts forth exactly the same plan as before - an out of touch rationalization for withdrawal within 16 months which highlights his ignorance of both the dynamics of the political and military situation there.
This should tell you two things about the man - a) he has no intention of changing his mind concerning Iraq and his upcoming trip there is nothing but a political move to deflect criticism from his apparent ignorance about the place. He doesn't plan on consulting the generals and really isn't at all concerned with conditions there, political, military or otherwise. And b) he's a typical politician who will say whatever it takes in any given moment to create the right sounding answer whether he believes it or not. So his previous statements about consulting those on the ground who know the tactical, strategic, diplomatic and regional situation the best was a lot of hot air. Says Obama:
As I’ve said many times, we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. We can safely redeploy our combat brigades at a pace that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 — two years from now, and more than seven years after the war began. After this redeployment, a residual force in Iraq would perform limited missions: going after any remnants of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, protecting American service members and, so long as the Iraqis make political progress, training Iraqi security forces. That would not be a precipitous withdrawal.
His mind is made up, and in his arrogance, he refuses to acknowledge the huge difference the surge has made and the fact that while things have changed dramatically in Iraq it still requires more time to ensure real stability. His priority is making his errant promise (and timetable) based on old and outdated information come true regardless of the situation on the ground and the consequences such a redeployment might have there. It is a level of blind stubbornness that should worry any potential supporter of the man.
What this article should tell everyone is he has no intention of actually assessing the situation in Iraq or consulting with anyone. That trip is all about politics and photo ops and nothing to do with the reality on the ground or desire to do the right thing there.