Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Real Inexperience and No Common Sense
Now this is the reason Obama's lack of experience is really bad for a President to have. Let's just look at this. The question was: "If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you support the surge: [emphasis added]"
Wow, what a nice question. If I were Obama (shudder), here'd be my response: "Considering that the surge did work, of course I would. Prior to the surge, there was almost no progress and the country was spiralling toward civil war. And we had no reason to believe that things would really change. However, with generals focused on the mission and our wonderful troops doing what they do best, they produced a miracle. And in hindsight, only a fool would not look at the change and smile. Because now we finally have a position where even the generals are seeing the opportunity to withdraw."
Maybe I should be writing his damned script (what fun!) instead of this blather: "No, because keep in mind that question, you wouldn't ... but keep in mind that kind of hypothetical is very difficult to know hindsight is 20-20 ... later ... but I think that what I'm absolutely convinced of is that at that time we had to change the political debate because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with."
That was a wholly confusing political answer to what had become a clear military question. And one thing that makes a good military leader is the ability to admit they were wrong and that the change of direction worked. Another thing is being able to trust your generals to do the work when you point the general direction, rather than pointing in the direction of the political winds.
And before you libs start jumping in my shit, Obama has acknowledged that the surge DID work. Sort of. But it really had nothing to do with us. Even though the Iraq situation turned around dramatically. Because political change has to happen. Even thought that was what the surge has made possible and that's something that the Iraqis have to do.
The fact is that Senator Obama appears to fall somewhere between a toaster oven and clown shoes when it comes to understanding how we fight and win wars. And also, that every decision in a war involves somebody dying. The next President really has to continue the fight against terror. When Obama learns the difference between politics and war, then maybe he can leave the nursery known as the Senate and be a proper candidate for President.
Update: I had heard that the formerly perky Katie Couric had asked Obama the same questions. Repeatedly. But I didn't look up that video because it really didn't add more substance. However, having seen clips, Couric repeatedly asks him the question, probably because she can see that his answer makes no sense! Yet Barry keeps trying to argue dollars and politics in the face of an obvious military success. A success that has given him the oppportunity to push witdrawal with a much better chance of Iraq NOT exploding as we depart.
Barry, even the media sees this. Hello? Anybody home?
Scribed by Patrick M at 12:02 AM