Friday, August 22, 2008

Favorable Flip-Flop

Barack Obama opposed the Iraq invasion and said the surge wouldn't work. Promising to vacate Iraq within 16 months, Obama dissented from the surge after it succeeded. Most recently, he's dissembled and wavered on Iraq.

Thursday's Wall Street Journal reports America and Iraq have reached a tentative withdrawal calendar:
U.S. and Iraqi negotiators reached agreement on a security deal that calls for American military forces to leave Iraq's cities by next summer as a prelude to a full withdrawal of combat troops from the country, according to senior American officials.

The draft agreement sets 2011 as the goal date by which U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq, according to Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Haj Humood and other people familiar with the matter. In the meantime, American troops will be leaving cities, towns and other population centers by the summer of 2009, living in bases outside of those areas, according to the draft.
As the surge's triumph grows unquestionable and irreversible, and departure timetables turn moot, Obama's August 19th VFW speech squarely sets him on both sides of the fence:
Sen. Barack Obama, edging away from a long-held position, tacitly acknowledged the success of the Iraq troop-surge strategy during an appearance Tuesday before the country's largest organization of combat veterans.

"Let's be clear, our troops have completed every mission they've been given," Mr. Obama said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Orlando, Fla., where the likely Democratic presidential nominee courted military voters who are expected to play a pivotal role in several swing states. "They have created the space for political reconciliation."

It was the closest Mr. Obama - who has long opposed the surge - has come to agreeing with President Bush or likely Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain on the Iraq strategy. But he stressed that he opposed the Iraq war in 2002 and still views the five-year-old mission as a waste of U.S. lives and money.
Yes, Obama still insists the invasion was a mistake. And, yes, his tentative embrace of the surge is a flip-flop. Yet, it's less teeth-grinding than Hillary's. A flip to be sure--but a departure from the anti-war "progressive" left. Most importantly, it's proper--and possibly positive evidence of a more grown-up and less partisan foreign policy to come.

(via QandO)


OBloodyHell said...

> Most importantly, it's proper--and possibly positive evidence of a more grown-up and less partisan foreign policy to come.

Uh, you interested in buying some land, by any chance?

Guaranteed 500% return in only six, no, make that five months!!

Cash and small, nonsequential bills, please.


What it's evidence of is that the results were becoming a fait-accompli, and he looked more and more foolish trying to maintain the absolutist contrary position.

He hasn't learned one single damned thing from it, hasn't grasped the value of an alternative to "soft power", and will continue to embolden America's enemies by rejecting categorically the use of force in seeking our aims.

He's a liberal, and about as liberal as they come. Liberals have that Midnight Reset Button I mentioned earlier.

They cannot learn anything if it's contrary to Officially Defined Liberal Positions.

And the blatantly evident limits to Soft Power, esp. when it's not backed by the threat of Hard Power are NOT a part of the ODLP set.

They have ultimate faith in it. Nuclear missles could be falling out of the sky on their heads, and they'll be on the phone to the missle-sending leader trying to negotiate some more.

And Obama is not someone we want in charge for the next 4 years.

Carl said...

Though I was trying to find some merit in Obama, I agree (how could I not when you hyperlink a NOfP QOTD?!). Further, the Biden pick is awful in every respect.

OBloodyHell said...

> (how could I not when you hyperlink a NOfP QOTD?!)

Well, admittedly, I did call the original article to your attention, too... :o)

> Further, the Biden pick is awful in every respect.

Yeah, but wait. I bet Kucinich is going to make a run for it at the end, and win!!

Think about it. It's job insurance for Obama! Who would assassinate Obama and put a whack-job like Kucinich in charge?