Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008
David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground. He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.” What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!
Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week.
Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue. And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts? It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone. It would have truly been war without end. Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work. Let’s keep it that way.
Posted in Election 2008, International Relations, Media Bias, Politics, The Iraq Front, War on Terror | Tagged: Al Qaeda, Baghdad, Barack Obama, David Petraeus, Iran, Joe Biden, John McCain, Kurdistan, Sarah Palin, The Surge | 1 Comment »
Posted by Ryan on July 22, 2008
One of the major themes of Obama’s trip abroad has been trying to make him look Presidential. In all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the trip, Obama’s people sometimes forget that he, in fact, is not yet President. Also, sometimes they have to be reminded of that little detail a second time on the same day.
What I’ve taken from Obama’s trip thus far is that it is just an elaborate campaign event, he openly disagrees with Petraeus which makes Obama on the record being on the wrong side of history, and he’s endorsed President Bush’s and John McCain’s plan to have a phased withdrawal based loosely on benchmarks and that we need to increase US troop presence in Afghanistan. Of course, that’s not how it’s being spun, since Obama adds the 16 month caveat, which he can rescind the moment he’s in office. He wants to have it both ways so he doesn’t have to take any real position at all that he’ll need to stand behind — very brave, Barry, but unless you decide to cancel this Fall’s debates, you’re going to be toast.
I certainly hope there’s some kind of noticable backlash to all of this trip’s media bias and Obama’s arrogant, presumptive behavior. He is naive, just plain wrong or elusive about national security, and isn’t good on his toes. This man thinks he’s President already. As they say the more inflated one’s ego, the harder the fall.
Posted in Election 2008, International Relations, Media Bias, Politics, The Iraq Front, War on Terror | Tagged: Afghanistan, Barack Obama, David Petraeus, Iraq, John McCain, President Bush | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Ryan on April 8, 2008
General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker entered a hostile-fire zone once again on Capitol Hill, and once again came out looking like the adults in the room! By later this evening, all three Presidential contenders will have gotten a chance to question the General about the continued effectiveness of the Surge strategy. I’d like to see how they all come across, especially She Who Must Not be Named, who I’m sure had to maneuver through cover fire to even enter the room, and Obama, who has more experience in understanding foreign policy affairs than both McCain or SWMNBN. Wow, I didn’t know that.
Here’s an up-to-the-minute update on the goings on up there on the Hill.
Personally, I watched about 30 minutes altogether today and was able to catch Susan Collins meandering her way through a question with one of my classes. Not very exciting.
However, earlier I caught Ted [hiccup] Kennedy reading his petty liberal talking points mostly in a coherent manner — I watched him speak before one of his notorious liquid lunches. It only took about a minute of watching before the predictable Code Pink jerks chanted “Bring them Home!” during the testimony [Note: for more fun, read up a little on the Black Shirts for a quick refresher on fascist tactics when confronting speakers with whom they disagree].
So, we’ll see how this Update will play out, surely with election-year drama that will put a few if not all of the candidates on the record for good or for bad. Unfortunately, being lost in all this political theater is Petraeus’ message that we’re on the right track and still need the intestinal fortitude to see this thing through.
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