Will he say the forces of democracy won? Will he even mention democracy and freedom? Will he say the “surge” worked? And will he finally recognize President Bush for having the courage to lead the “surge” when leading Democrats were demanding we surrender Iraq to the totalitarians?
Robert Gibbs, Obama’s spokesman, said yesterday that Obama has suggested in the past that the “surge” worked. Power Line’s John Hinderaker remembers at least a few Obama comments that didn’t sound so supportive:
Since Gibbs says it is important to examine Obama’s old statements on the surge, there is this, from January 2007: “We cannot impose a military solution on what has effectively become a civil war,” Obama said on CBS’ Face the Nation. “And until we acknowledge that reality, we can send 15,000 more troops, 20,000 more troops, 30,000 more troops. I don’t know any expert on the region or any military officer that I’ve spoken to privately that believe that that is going to make a substantial difference on the situation on the ground.”
A few months later, in July 2007, Obama told an audience in New Hampshire, “Here’s what we know: the surge has not worked.”
By January 2008, with the surge working, Obama revised his remarks at a debate in New Hampshire: “Now, I had no doubt -- and I said at the time, when I opposed the surge, that given how wonderfully our troops perform, if we place 30,000 more troops in there, then we would see an improvement in the security situation and we would see a reduction in the violence.”
Bipartisan victory. When Obama speaks tonight from the Oval Office, will we see a little more humility and honesty about how the Iraq war was won? The Democrats -- the quieter, realistic Democrats, at least -- do deserve a share of the credit for the victory of freedom in Iraq. Indeed, it was the Democratic Congress that approved more than half the $735 billion that’s been spent on the liberation of Iraq.
So Mr. President, give your party some credit and take some credit yourself, but give some props to the “decider” who led an unpopular, but overwhelmingly successful final campaign to defeat tyranny and win the Iraq war in 2007 and 2008.