Obama Visits Troops in Iraq … “You have given Iraq the opportunity to Be a Democracy”, Even though Obama Opposed It
I was against the Iran Democracy before I was for it …
There is never a time, whether I voted or supported a president’s policies, that I would ever discourage any President from visiting US military troops. As a matter of fact, it should be a prerequisite that President visit our military at least 3 times a month to show thanks for what our brave men and women do for us and protect us every day. The full text of President Obama’s speech can be read here .
Ok all things previous said regarding Presidents visiting the troops to thank them, how exactly does Obama say the following with a straight face? This coming from the man who opposed the war and opposed the surge. A man who consistently said along with his part that the war in Iraq was a failure. In other words, had Obama been elected President in 2000, Iraq would still be under the rule of dictator Saddam, free elections would not have taken place and Iraq would not have been in the position to be a Democracy. This is head scratching.
Under enormous strain and under enormous sacrifice, through controversy and difficulty and politics, you’ve kept your eyes focused on just doing your job. And because of that, every mission that’s been assigned — from getting rid of Saddam, to reducing violence, to stabilizing the country, to facilitating elections — you have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own as a democratic country. That is an extraordinary achievement, and for that you have the thanks of the American people. (Applause.) That’s point number one.
Or you can read [with editor’s notes] can be read at Flopping Aces.
All those things they have to do. We can’t do it for them [oops, more Bush speech taken verbatim-hope no one notices]. But what we can do is make sure that we are a stalwart partner, that we are working alongside them, that we are committed to their success, that in terms of training their security forces, training their civilian forces in order to achieve a more effective government, they know that they have a steady partner with us. [WTF?! How much did we plagiarize from Bushitler?] And so just as we thank you for what [MISSIONS] you’ve already accomplished, I want to say thank you because you will be critical in terms of us being able to make sure that Iraq is stable, that it is not a safe haven for terrorists, that it is a good neighbor and a good ally, and we can start bringing our folks home [OMG, I think Rahm hired a Bush speech writer]. (Applause.) So now is not the time to lose focus. We have to be even more focused than we’ve been in order to achieve success [which I opposed, but now that I'm President...I damn well support!].