President Obama's big speech on the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq will be a rarity. He hardly mentions the subject and seems to express little interest in winning the peace after the difficult years in which President Bush, General Petraeus and our brave troops fought hard to win the war.
It's also important to remember that not only was the surge Bush's plan, but also the drawdown of troops which Obama will now celebrate tonight.
When asked Tuesday about whether the surge was a success, White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said: "The president always believed that you would change part of the security situation by vastly increasing the number of troops." Really? See the video below if you are a bit hazy on that one.
The following video was released by House GOP Leader John Boehner:
The video, entitled “Victory is the Only Option,” underscores the success of the surge strategy that was opposed by then-Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and other Democrats when it was announced by General David Petraeus and President George W. Bush. While the Obama Administration today is seeking to take credit for “ending the combat mission” in Iraq, the video credits our troops and their families, whose hard work, sacrifice, and unwavering dedication have helped transform Iraq from a once volatile threat to a nascent democracy and a key ally of the United States.Victory in Iraq was defined by President Bush as a country that could govern itself, defend itself and be an ally in the war on terror. Those objectives have been achieved and we thank the troops and the leaders which helped bring it about. But that doesn't mean we disengage totally from Iraq. Obama has hardly mentioned Iraq in the past year and it's troubling to many to see an Administration so loosely engaged on this issue which cost so much in American lives and treasure.