Poor President Obama, he just can’t bring himself to acknowledge the surge worked better than he and other skeptics, thought it would? I just don’t understand why Senator Obama is being such a baby about the surge. Why can’t he admit the obvious? It worked.
Even as recently his Afghanistan speech last week:
Today, after extraordinary costs, we are bringing the Iraq war to a responsible end. We will remove our combat brigades from Iraq by the end of next summer, and all of our troops by the end of 2011. That we are doing so is a testament to the character of our men and women in uniform. Thanks to their courage, grit and perseverance, we have given Iraqis a chance to shape their future, and we are successfully leaving Iraq to its people.
…But while we have achieved hard-earned milestones in Iraq [its called victory], the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated.
Today we found out that the President can say it in private. On Fox News General Petraeus let the
cat flying pig out of the bag, Obama told him that he thought the surge in Iraq was successful:
In developing his plan for a troop surge in Afghanistan, President Obama acknowledged the success of the surge in Iraq and used some of its lessons to develop a plan in Afghanistan, the head of Central Command said Sunday.
During his presidential campaign, though, Obama frequently discussed how he strongly opposed the war in Iraq and the surge of 2007.
Gen. David Petraeus told “Fox News Sunday” that the president asked him how troops worked to secure the population and achieve cooperation with various Iraqi factions, and held several lengthy sessions to review how these principles could be applied in Afghanistan.
Petraeus said that while Obama acknowledged the success of the surge, “we’ve spent a lot of time taking the rear view mirrors off the bus and avoiding re-litigating, if you will, you know, past battles and all the rest of this, and focusing to the future.”
Petraeus said that while “certainly there are some similarities and the — and the focus again on focusing on the security of the people is an important component of this. But we have to be very careful to recognize the enormous differences between Afghanistan and Iraq.”
The general, who is in charge of military operations throughout the Middle East and Central Asia — regions containing Iraq and Afghanistan — opposed deadlines in Iraq but said there are benefits to setting a timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan. The strategy demonstrates both resolve and an urgency to get Afghanistan’s military and police forces operational, he said.
“There is undeniably some tension between” announcing a surge and a withdrawal, Petraeus said. “But … this will be conditions-based, responsible and a transition starting, but not a race to the exits.”
Mr. President, congratulations, now that you have taken the first step, admitting your mistake in private, maybe you can try telling it to the world.