Barack Obama just gave us another gem on foreign policy and what he thinks of our military!
Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday the recent increase in American troops in Iraq may well have helped tamp down violence, but he insisted there is no military solution to the country’s problems and U.S. forces should be redeployed soon.
Obama spoke a day after his main Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, made similar comments. She said the tactics of the short-term troop increase were working but political progress did not seem to be in sight and the U.S. should begin bringing some troops home.
Obama said in a telephone briefing, “If we put 30,000 additional troops into Baghdad, it will quell some of the violence short term. I don’t think there is any doubt about that.”
But that won’t solve Iraq’s critical political problems, he said in the call and again later in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
“All of our top military commanders recognize that there is no military solution in Iraq,” Obama said at the VFW convention in Kansas City. “No military surge can succeed without political reconciliation and a surge of diplomacy in Iraq and the region. Iraq’s leaders are not reconciling. They are not achieving political benchmarks. The only thing they seem to have agreed on is to take a vacation.”
He concluded, “That is why I have pushed for a careful and responsible redeployment of troops engaged in combat operations out of Iraq, joined with direct and sustained diplomacy in the region.”
A day earlier, Clinton, too, told the vets that new tactics have brought some success against insurgents, particularly in Iraq’s Anbar province.
“It’s working. We’re just years too late in changing our tactics,” she said. “We can’t ever let that happen again.”
As for the broader situation in Iraq, she said, “I do not think the Iraqis are ready to do what they have to do for themselves yet. … I think it is unacceptable for our troops to be caught in the crossfire of a sectarian civil war while the Iraqi government is on vacation.”
Also on the bill at the VFW event on Tuesday, undeclared Republican candidate Fred Thompson said the U.S. must rebuild its military to fight global terrorism because leaders “took a holiday” in the 1990s after the end of the Cold War.
“Some people in this country think if we can pull out of Iraq, our problems will be over,” Thompson said. “You and I know better than that.”
Hasn’t he learned over the past two weeks to just keep his damn mouth shut on foreign policy? I mean, good Lord. Yes, Obama, we already know you think our military can’t win in Iraq. You don’t need to repeat it endlessly, over and over again, and especially not right before Gen. Petraeus is presumably going to have a report chock full of good news next month about how we are succeeding in Iraq. Practically every other Democrat is grudgingly admitting it, so you might want to jump on that bandwagon, and quick, before you make yourself look like an even bigger idiot than you already do.
Here’s a few hints, Barack, from me to you:
First of all, if you’re echoing Hillary Clinton’s sentiments on how to handle the war, that’s a losing battle right there. She doesn’t have the mental capacity to understand how it is that our military works or how a war is won. All she can understand is HillaryCare, how to encourage your husband to cheat on you repeatedly, and how to shriek in indignation about how the little people are “invisible”.
Second, stop talking about things you don’t understand. I mean, I don’t get how it is that Obama can keep blundering on about how “There is no military solution in Iraq!”, and “We should bomb Pakistan!” and “Our troops are air-raiding villages and killing civilians!” Does he not have an advisor to sit him down and gently explain that you can’t just blurt out everything that pops into the ole’ brain because it won’t be good for your career? I mean, next he’ll be blathering on about how we should give Iran nukes, and that Hezbollah poses less of a threat to democracy than the Boy Scouts do. With Obama and foreign policy, you never can tell.
Lastly, try to learn from history. I know this is nearly impossible for liberals to fathom, but the only reason Iraq has any resemblance whatsoever to Vietnam is because the liberals themselves have made it that way. They were a bunch of traitorous, white-feather-deserving, military-hating, America-loathing, cut-and-run cowards then, and they’re a bunch of traitorous, white-feather-deserving, military-hating, America-loathing, cut-and-run cowards now. Is it so hard to figure out what the direct result of the decision to cut-and-run in Vietnam was? It’ll be the same in Iraq.
Believe it or not, there are models of what can happen if you let the military do its job correctly when it comes to re-building a country (see Japan after WWII). It only becomes a QUAGMIRE!! if you let idiotic liberals like Hillary Clinton or junior senators with no experience like Barack Obama make the decisions.
Now Barack, go be nice, and maybe a little bit later you can go play Battleship with Shrillary and the Breck Girl.