Not that Murdoc’s complaining, but have we ever seen a politician who has strayed so far from campaign promises so quickly on such big issues?
What I really, really like is that the article goes into a bit of depth explaining how Obama “must weigh a number of risks,” why withdrawal from Iraqi is “complex and tied to other concerns,” and that “pace and sequencing of a troop pullout will have implications for preserving recent gains in reducing violence in Iraq.” As if suddenly these are new concerns and wise old Obama is taking the time to consider them carefully.
This bit is delicious:
The fact that Obama did not immediately order his generals to begin withdrawing — as some might have expected, given his emphasis during the campaign on refocusing the U.S. military on Afghanistan — is evidence that he recognized, even before assuming office Jan. 20, the dangers of a precipitous withdrawal.
Well, how about all the folks who recognized those same dangers WHEN HE WAS SAYING IT?
He said it from early 2007 through November 2008. All sorts of folks (military, political, punditry) said he was completely full of it all along.
Then in December he starts pulling back from what he’s been saying for at least two years. And he’s the smart one for it.
For the record, I happen to agree with the approach he’s apparently taking. But if he’s so damn unreliable on such big things, how can he be trusted on anything at all?
Also for the record, I’m laughing at his supporters. Talk about suckered.