Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Revisionism on the Iraq Debacle has Begun

Why, you may ask, would I call such a catastrophic situation "victory"? This view is dutifully seconded by ex-McCain flack Michael Goldfarb in The Weekly Standard: "Obama has inherited victory in Iraq.... The victory in Iraq is Obama's to lose."

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  1. "And so I want to be very clear: We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein’s regime – and you got the job done. We kept our troops in Iraq to help establish a sovereign government – and you got the job done. And we will leave the Iraqi people with a hard-earned opportunity to live a better life – that is your achievement; that is the prospect that you have made possible."

    -President Barack Obama

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  2. "Sixteen US intelligence agencies reporting together in 2006 found that Bush's misadventure in Iraq has "helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism," according to the New York Times, and that "the overall terrorist threat has grown since the September 11 attacks." A 150-page Government Accountability Office report issued in November found virtually every agency in Bush's government woefully unprepared to "keep us safe."

    -The Article You Didn't Read Before Commenting

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  3. I guess the president doesn't read your stuff either.

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  4. No jason's right, cameron. Read the article. It's talking about Iraq in relations to the overall "war on terror" which includes afghanistan. the media and right-wing talking heads want to spin this as "Obama's victory to lose" when in fact we've spent the last several years cleaning up the mess in Iraq rather than actually fighting the "war on terror." in your eagerness to appear intelligent, you end up looking stupid.

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  5. That's not right-wing talking heads spinning it as a victory. It's a direct quote from President Obama himself. It's his own rhetoric, his own claiming a victory in Iraq. It's him saying "you got the job done." You should read his speech, it's quite interesting.

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  6. Cameron, in all seriousness, you are missing the entire point of the article (and thanks for the defense while I was out, Jess, :)).

    Read it, or pipe down.

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  7. Some conservatives are completely blind now and Cameron is a classic example. they cannot make a distinction between the fight against global terrorism and the war in Iraq, even though there is no correlation outside of right wing talking points. Obama congratulating the troops on achieving their described mission in Iraq has nothing to do with what this article is describing, which is the media making that same equation, and handing Obama all of Bush's folleys with the phrase "it's your victory to lose." We have not, in even the most remote sense, been victorious against terrorism.

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  8. Jess, the article takes issue with anyone saying there has been any kind of victory in Iraq. An opinion refuted not by completely blind conservatives but by our newly elected Democratic president.

    No one, other than the author of the editorial here, equates a victory in Iraq to being completely victorious against terrorism. Of course terrorism is still a danger! But the fact remains that "we will leave the Iraqi people with a hard-earned opportunity to live a better life."

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