Obama claims “I’ve always said that the pace of withdrawal would be dictated by the safety and security of our troops and the need to maintain security. That assessment hasn’t changed.”
Yet his website, the closest thing Americans have to a manifesto still says, “Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months. Obama will make it clear that we will not build any permanent bases in Iraq. He will keep some troops in Iraq to protect our embassy and diplomats; if al Qaeda attempts to build a base within Iraq, he will keep troops in Iraq or elsewhere in the region to carry out targeted strikes on al Qaeda.”
So let’s dissect this policy position: The primary statement here is the withdrawal of combat brigades, note the word immediately: not after careful consideration. Not after consulting on the ground. No, immediately, straight after he is sworn in.
Now, Obama is basing his current statement (top of article) on the last sentence in his website statement of intent. The problem is that al Qaeda were already there and wreaking havoc the year before this statement was published. Now, I cannot believe that he would be so willfully blind, and, or stupid to think that al Qaeda were not sufficiently established in Iraq in 2004-7 to build a base, because that is exactly what the al Qaeda-in-Iraq said about themselves and the deadliest attacks on both civilians, Iraqi Security Forces and the Multinational Coalition Forces were being conducted by al Qaeda.
What we have here is a clear case of mendacious statement. This is not about a sensible policy position dictated by safety and security etc. This is a position based on a sentimental appeal to the anti-war left to back him in the primary. How does he reconcile the arguement for withdrawing with the need to fight al Qaeda?
Simple. The sentence in the website about fighting al Qaeda is just a fig-leaf for the monstrous cowardice and contempt for both the Iraqis and the idea of democracy and freedom outside the United States.
So under a President Obama, the United States will not stay in the country it helped free from a genocidal fascist dictator (the part left unsaid in this whole debate) but will leave as if they were the Wehrmacht leaving a blackened and burnt Russia in 1944. They will leave with shame and knowing the cowardice at the top and it eminating from their commander-in-chief.
So to sum up, now he says, “I’ve also said I would be deliberate and careful about how we get out.” No, you lying bastard, you said that you’d leave immediately. We have that in black and white. There is no way that you can reconcile or refine the two positions.
With great thanks to JOS at shyspeak.net for prompting me to write this.