Feb 03 2009
Obama has been wrong about Iraq from square one. He was shocked when The Surge and The Awakening turned al Qaeda from the future of Islam in Iraq into the enemy of Islam in Iraq. Stunned.
But what has me stumped is how stupid you have to be not to note you were wrong and adjust your thinking. And President Obama is trying to pretend he knows about military decisions and processes, when it is clear he doesn’t have the foggiest idea.
Instead of listening to career experts, he is stomping his foot and telling everyone he is the President so therefore he is a genius in all matters (I cannot tell you how many people fall into this diseased mind set when they get to DC – somehow being here in charge of something endows people with super human abilities, at least that is how they see it!). It’s like telling a doctor that you disagree with his diagnosis – and his predictions about what will happen when he follows through with your demand for a frontalÂ lobotomyÂ to treat a cold. Just check out Obama’s pending train wreck with the military:
CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21.
But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that he wasn’t convinced and that he wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting.Â
Obama’s decision to override Petraeus’s recommendation has not ended the conflict between the president and senior military officers over troop withdrawal, however. There are indications that Petraeus and his allies in the military and the Pentagon, including Gen. Ray Odierno, now the top commander in Iraq, have already begun to try to pressure Obama to change his withdrawal policy.Â
A network of senior military officers is also reported to be preparing to support Petraeus and Odierno by mobilising public opinion against Obama’s decision.Â
Petraeus was visibly unhappy when he left the Oval Office, according to one of the sources. A White House staffer present at the meeting was quoted by the source as saying, “Petraeus made the mistake of thinking he was still dealing with George Bush instead of with Barack Obama.”Â
Emphasis mine. Yeah, George Bush listens to people who are the experts. George Bush was a leader, not a poseur. George Bush understands the military, Obama has seen it in the movies. The pathetic truth is President Obama is trying not to look stupid – so what he really doing is putting thousands of Iraqi and American lives at risk to simply save face over some uninformed campaign promise:
On Wednesday, Mr. Obama visited the Pentagon for the first time since becoming president, and he seemed to be looking for an option that would let him stay true to his campaign promise, at least in theory, without alienating the generals. The White House indicated that Mr. Obama was open to alternatives to his 16-month time frame and emphasized that security was an important factor in his decision.
â€œWeâ€™re no longer involved in a debate about whether, but how and when,â€Â Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said about a withdrawal from Iraq. â€œThatâ€™s a process the president wants to take seriously.â€
He added: â€œHe wants to ensure the safety of our troops as we remove our combat brigades; wants to, as Iâ€™ve said repeatedly, provide the responsibility and the opportunity for the Iraqis to do more in governing their own country; and, as I said, to do this in a way that seeks the consultation of all those leaders.â€
If Obama was really interested in the safety of our soldiers and the Iraqis he would be listening to the military and the Iraqis! If Obama’s priority was safety first, then he wouldn’t care one bit about a campaign promise.
But President Obama is not prioritizing his decisions that way. His efforts are to withdrawal, to not look like the militaryÂ klutzÂ we all know he is. He is trying to show he can stand up to that strange and bizarre group called our military.
He is demonstrating once again how far in over his head he is. For God’s sake, the ‘war’ is won, it IS over. Â All he has to do is not screw up the exit – and apparently he is incapable of doing that right.