Obama On O’Reilly: Dreams He Never Had

Appearing on the O’Reilly Factor, Barack Obama provided an interesting quote regarding his publicly tendered view of ‘The Surge’ in Iraq during his interview with Bill O’Reilly. And it’s telling in ways that might escape the viewer or reader on first pass.

“I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama said while refusing to retract his initial opposition to the surge. “I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”

I hope you caught that. Obama’s in effect saying that it’s not that he was actually wrong really, but it’s more that no one was really right.

Two things about this that must be recognized without equivocation. Now stick with me here…

  1. It has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams (and to include most Democrats + Hagel) because they never dreamed it in the first place. Victory. It’s attainable if you want it. But you have to at least think it first. Even if it comes to you in a dream.
  2. Yes, it most certainly was anticipated. We didn’t employ the strategy because it simply allowed us to go over there, prolong the war, and lose more men and women in the interim. Of course, the outcome was never assured. But the strategy, its accompanying tactics and force structure employed was not done so on a whim. There was a vision of victory. Difficult and costly victory. But victory – and less costly than defeat. Actually trying to win a war by breaking an insurgency.

Barack Obama still doesn’t understand that, even after drawing so near that victory today.

I’m sorry to be so blunt, but this entire mindset he and his supporters share just pisses me off beyond tolerable levels. Marvin Hutchens, Michael Tanji and I shut down our site for a month after the embarrassing Iraq Study Group Report was released. And we penned a 30+ page PDF study of our own with 40 specific recommendations titled “Achieving Victory In Iraq.” We had the report peer reviewed and then sent it to the White House, the Pentagon and other potentially interested contacts well before President Bush announced his Surge plan.

We didn’t call it Achieving Honorable Withdrawal In Iraq, or Working Toward Full Redeployment From Iraq, or How To Abandon The Same People To Slaughter Twice In Two Decades In Iraq. We called it Achieving Victory in Iraq. Or maybe it was just some wild dream.

Now, I am not saying our efforts had any impact or considered input on the plan that has proved successful in Iraq. It probably didn’t. But that’s not the point. The point is that those who crafted the surge strategy formulated for victory, and not for anything else. And furthermore, there were also three men, veterans with a still-strong sense of duty and extended service, who felt compelled to do something, to contribute in some way, in the manner they best knew how. Barrack Obama had barely begun campaigning for the US Senate at the time.

So forgive me if I take it a bit personally when some ambitious defeatist claims the current success in Iraq was beyond anyone’s “wildest dreams.” No sir. It was beyond yours.

While Barrack Obama and so many others in Washington still can’t mouth the word ‘victory’ and can seemingly barely manage to utter the moderated verbiage of ‘success,’ don’t tell me that no one dreamed of it. That’s the definition of “Audacity.” And “Hope” is for those who sit around in anxious expectation while someone else fixes the problem.

Wrong answer on both accounts.

Update: A correction. Misspoke when I said “Barrack Obama had barely begun campaigning for the US Senate at the time.” That should have read that he had “barely begun his first term in the US Senate.” See why you should write after you are angry, not when?

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