Friday, September 3, 2010

How Obama lost Iraq

President is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

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President is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

"This is worse than a crime, it's a blunder," said French statesman Charles M. de Talleyrand. The statement sums up President Obama's approach to Iraq.

In a nationally televised address from the Oval Office on Tuesday, Mr. Obama announced the official end of "combat operations". He argued that with the withdrawal of the last combat brigade, he had fulfilled his campaign pledge to wind down the war.

"Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. This was my pledge to the American people as a candidate for this office," Mr. Obama said. "Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility." He added: "Now, it is time to turn the page."

No, it isn't. Mr. Obama may want desperately to close this "chapter," but he cannot because the war is not over.


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