All that bullshit the Democrats spewed about Iraq being “the bad war” and Afghanistan being “the good war”, was just a lot of campaign bluster….as if we needed confirmation.
Hat Tip to Pajamas Media:
An astonishingly honest assessment…from the lefty blog Hullabaloo:
Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many questions sat the time, including me. But none of us should forget that it was a political strategy, not a serious foreign policy.
There have been many campaign promises “adjusted” since the election. There is no reason that the administration should feel any more bound to what they said about this than all the other committments [sic] it has blithely turned aside in the interest of “pragmatism.”
Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) on the 2006 midterm elections:
“I’ll tell you my impression. We really in this last election, when I say we…the Democrats, I think pushed it as far as we can to the end of the fleet, didn’t say it, but we implied it. That if we won the Congressional elections, we could stop the war. Now anybody who was a good student of Government would know that wasn’t true. But you know, the temptation to want to win back the Congress, we sort of stretched the facts…and people ate it up.”
Proof of this was provided by Obama himself, after he was elected:
Obama has put securing Afghanistan near the top of his foreign policy agenda, but “victory” in the war-torn country isn’t necessarily the United States’ goal, he said Thursday in a TV interview.
General Stanley McCrystal, the commander of operations in Afghanistan, has forced Obama’s hand by telling him that troop increases are needed, along with a concerted effort to get the job finished. Obama, who couldn’t decide his way out of a wet paper sack, is drawing fire from not just the Right, but his own Leftwing supporters. Some have come right out and posed questions about his intellect; a tactic they once reserved for George W. Bush. Others are angered over his hesitation to close GITMO and release Islamic terrorists into the U.S. for trial, as well as his reluctance to back out of Afghanistan too soon.
In spite of President Punchdrunk’s vacillation in the war on Islamofascism and his feeble foreign policy, his brief glimmers of clarity of almost give him the appearance of possessing a chin.
The truth is, in spite of his intrinsic cowardice, Obama knows that if he goes through with his cut-and-run from Afghanistan promise, he’ll look even more like the inept clown he is. His suck-up act goes only so far on the world stage, and even for the prissy Euros, it’s getting stale.
He’s never really settled into a presidential mode. For all intent and purposes, he’s still on the campaign trail. It remains to be seen how pragmatic he’ll be with regard to America’s fight against Islamic terrorists, or pleasing his constituents for a 2012 White House bid.