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Immediately following up on John King's "isn't the surge in Iraq working and weren't you wrong", question to Hillary Clinton last night in the CNN debate, Campbell Brown posed the same question to Barack Obama.
To silly, yet very serious, Knee Pad Media members, John McCain's Son of Surge grandstanding is just the awesomest. Those wimpy Democratic candidates were against the military-political vehicle George W. Bush labeled "the surge". John McCain is the manly-man on the GOP side who is angered if someone suggests the surge has not been working.
Obama doesn't play along with silly Knee Pad questions from establishment fools in the media. He states the reality.....
BROWN: Senator Obama, in the same vein, you were also opposed to the surge from the beginning. Were you wrong?
OBAMA: Well, I think it is indisputable that we've seen violence reduced in Iraq. And that's a credit to our brave men and women in uniform.
In fact, you know, the 1st Cavalry, out of Fort Hood, played an enormous role in pushing back al Qaeda out of Baghdad.
OBAMA: And, you know, we honor their service.
But this is a tactical victory imposed upon a huge strategic blunder.
And I think that, when we're having a debate with John McCain, it is going to be much easier for the candidate who was opposed to the concept of invading Iraq in the first place to have a debate about the wisdom of that decision...
... than having to argue about the tactics subsequent to the decision.
Straight to the heart of the issue.
The escalation of the conflict in Iraq labeled "the surge", has produced a temporary tactical victory to superimpose over a "huge strategic blunder." The "huge strategic blunder" part still remains. All U.S. military leadership agrees that Iraqi political reconciliation cannot be won militarily. Yet John McCain, George W. Bush, Joe Lieberman, FOX Noise, and the Knee Padders who love them, all want the argument to be about smaller scale military tactics we're "winning."
In a way it's similar to a football team, with a ridiculously foolish game plan, losing badly to a rival. In the fourth quarter, down 52-6, the teevee announcers begin to tout the losing team's punting game. "Well, they may be losing badly because of a terrible game plan, but the punting game numbers are better than the winners and so that proves their game plan is working."
The losers at least had good tactical punting numbers and, somehow, that meant their game plan was working. Can you imagine? ESPN blowhards arguing day after day about whether the tactical punting strategy had indeed, worked. No matter that the losing team, like, lost the game badly because of strategic blunders. The bloviators focus on that punting tactic used by the losing team.
That's the surge. A face saving tactic for the president who ordered the strategic blunder. It is only face saving to the neo-conservatives and their followers.....in their heads and in their rhetoric....because Americans, by a solid 60-40%, want us out of this failed strategic blunder.
The tactical surge was nothing but the 'political theater of stall' for the direct purpose of avoiding responsibility for a "huge strategic blunder." Passing the blunder off to the next president so George W. Bush can place a "Surge Wing" in his upcoming Propagandized But Still Presidential Library. It's all reprehensible, of course, and even more so when you count up the dead bodies of American soldiers since this "tactical victory" started.
Barack Obama said, "It is going to be much easier for the candidate who was opposed to the concept of invading Iraq in the first place to have a debate about the wisdom of that decision than having to argue about the tactics subsequent to the decision."
Tuesday The Reverend wrote this...
"If two thirds of Americans think the war was a mistake, which candidate will be more convincing versus John McCain when questions about Iraq are asked in front of a national teevee audience this summer and fall?" Link
We can confront the "strategic blunder" for the blunder it truly has been, or we can listen to two Senators who voted for the blunder play gotcha about "tactics".
Vote for Obama.