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On Obama's Iraq Speech

Rick already provided a link to the speech and some excerpts. I'll just add a bit of commentary. Jim Hoft's headline is a good summary of my take: Pathetic Cut-&-Runner Takes Credit For Victory.

There are times I think Obama has to "get it" by now. He has to realize that the ony way he is going to save his miserable political future is to find some humility and admit that his policies have failed. He has to realize that it would go a long way to restoring some confidence in him and would help his approval ratings if he would just admit that the economy is in the crapper and it is largely due to the failure of the policies he has enacted. Maybe he will admit it is at least partially due to those policies? Or maybe that at the very least, his policies have not improved things as he promised?

Anyone waiting to see that side of Obama -- the side that would make him appear honest and human and in touch with reality -- might just be waiting forever. More proof was there last night that, as John McCain put it, such behavior is just not in his DNA. By failing to credit George Bush with success in Iraq, or to acknowledge his own vote against the surge which achieved such success, he just showed me he is still just about as arrogant, dishonest and insecure as a politician could be. (And yes, a person can be arrogant and insecure at the same time.)

It was not a huge surprise that he would not admit he was wrong about Iraq. Jim Hanson described what the consequences of Obama's preferred course of action in Iraq would have been:

He should man up and admit that he was wrong about every single thing he said about the Iraq War while he was in the Senate and he should thank President Bush for being resolute enough to ignore him, Hillary, Reid, Pelosi and the rest of the cut and run chorus. If we had followed the advice of then Sen. Obama, we would have lost the war and al Qaeda and the Iranians would be carving it up between them.

Will Obama's arrogance and unwillingness to admit the reality everyone else (except evidently MSNBC talk show hosts) can see with their own two eyes, be his undoing? I think maybe it already has been.


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Surely Juan McCain did not ... (Below threshold)
oldpuppymax:

Surely Juan McCain did not call Obama "arrogant and dishonest." This must be the viewpoint of Lorie Byrd--quite factual, of course--NOT the expressed sentiments of McCain. After all, such a frank statement of fact would not be bipartisan, would it Juan! And God KNOWS "getting along" is far more important than being truthful.

Just wait, he has another h... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Just wait, he has another huge character defect besides excessive arrogance and pride - a short-tempered anger. That will start coming out after the midterms, when he has to fight Congress. We've had little glimpses of it already, but he'll make Nixon look like a cuddly Grandpa by the time it's over. We've got a combo Nixon-Carter going for us for over two more years. Great, huh?

Can anyone tell me whether ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Can anyone tell me whether he even gave credit to Petreus? I mean without my having to suffer through the speech myself? I'd rather stab my eyes out with an ice pick.

The bestest part of narciss... (Below threshold)
914:

The bestest part of narcissism is never having to say you are wrong.


"...the side that would mak... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...the side that would make him appear honest and human and in touch with reality."

When hell freezes over. He's never had those traits and he's not going to pick them up now.

There are times I think ... (Below threshold)
Montana Miles:

There are times I think Obama has to "get it" by now. From article.

It appears we have two Presidents in one. Obama the speaking President and Obama the doing President; which President does the above paragraph refer to . . .

Obama the speaking President; in his speech about Iraq and pulling our troops out of Iraq, talks about how there will be extremists that will set off bombs and how all of us are to be united in our support for the military. That is the speaking President. From his speech about Iraq.

Now for the doing President. President Obama halts prosecution of one of those accused extremists, a terrorist, that set off a bomb killing 17 servicemen aboard the USS Cole.

From article about doing President. Administration halts prosecution of alleged USS Cole bomber; the Justice Department said that "no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/26/AR2010082606353.html

Mr. speaking President you stated all of us are to be united in the support of our military, that should also include the doing President.

...would help his approv... (Below threshold)

...would help his approval ratings if he would just admit that the economy is in the crapper and it is largely due to the failure of the policies he has enacted

Sorry, disagree. He's admitted that the economy stinks. As for taking the blame, how many people are going to rally around a guy who acknowledges screwing thing up? The public might appreciate the humility and candor, but we're not big on giving losers second chances. Business leaders whose strategies fail don't get another chance, generals who lose in battle get relieved and the same holds for any President who tells the public he's the one responsible for their lives sucking right now (for some reason, this rule doesn't apply in sports, where plenty of losers get second chance, and big contracts, with another team).

Presuming Obama wants another term, he needs to have someone other than himself to blame... and for the time being, all he has is Bush and the evil GOP. That's the only card he has, so expect him to keep trying to deflect blame. That it doesn't work is irrelevant, it's the only thing he can do.

Well, Oyster, he mention... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Well, Oyster, he mentioned Petraeus. But, not in the context of Iraq.

The sole mention of Patraeus occurred here:

"Within Afghanistan, I have ordered the deployment of additional troops who-under the command of General David Petraeus -are fighting to break the Taliban's momentum. As with the surge in Iraq, these forces will be in place for a limited time to provide space for the Afghans to build their capacity and secure their own future. But, as was the case in Iraq, we cannot do for Afghans what they must ultimately do for themselves. That's why we are training Afghan Security Forces and supporting a political resolution to Afghanistan's problems. And, next July, we will begin a transition to Afghan responsibility. The pace of our troop reductions will be determined by conditions on the ground, and our support for Afghanistan will endure. But make no mistake: this transition will begin - because open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the Afghan people's."

"he shou... (Below threshold)
914:


"he should thank President Bush for being resolute enough to ignore him, Hillary, Reid, Pelosi and the rest of the cut and run chorus. If we had followed the advice of then Sen. Obama, we would have lost the war and al Qaeda and the Iranians would be carving it up between them."


Well he cut and run from "chickens come home to roost" church so its just a pattern of denial for Barry.

He'll never thank Bush even in the next life.. Bow to foreign dictators, yes. Thank a fellow citizen/prez...Never.

I don't think Obama really ... (Below threshold)
Gladius:

I don't think Obama really cares if he has another term. He only cares about his agenda and what he can push thru. I think he is suprized about the flack he gets from the professional left but come to think of it I don't give a crap. I have never seen a President so thin skined,childish and divesive. Every thing is political with this guy and the people he surrounds himself with. No wonder so many in his administration are the same ( birds of a feather ). I am not certain if so much of what he does is incompetence or on purpose. I believe he is manufacturing as much crisis as he can.Seems like every week the is some other liberty ( fishing industry this week ) he is trying to control. Jobs ..forget that.. he wants to control the economy not fix it. He knows Obamacare won't be repealed because he will veto it but I think we should make him do it again and again and again...make the public become more aware what kind of statist he really is. There has got to be a pantload of crap in this guys closet. When the Republicans get back congress investigate his adminstration (somebody's got to go to jail ) At the very least people in this adminstration are not doing their jobs which is protecting our people by protecting our boarders. (There is more so pick your favorite) These guys just decide which laws to enforce and which laws not to. That kind of crap comes from the top. The whole thing just stinks and I have never seen an adminstration act like this. It ALL can't be incompatence ... sombody should go to jail.

Little has been spoken abou... (Below threshold)
Jerry M:

Little has been spoken about the fact that one of Obama's top advisors regarding how to end our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq is none other than Senator John Kerry. Many of us who served in Vietnam will never forget the significant role Kerry played in bringing about a bad ending to that war. He is a master of the strategy Obama is implementing in Iraq and will eventually implement in Afghanistan. It is analagous to the Vietnamization strategy in which we turned all of the fighting over to the South Vietnamese military before they were fully prepared and then Democrats in Congress pulled the rug out from under them by defunding the aid they needed for supplies and ammunition. The American public no longer cared and just wanted out of Vietnam so there was no political price to be paid for this betrayal. This is beginning to look like a picture we have seen before.

For all those who think mil... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

For all those who think military personel and veterans are prone to violence just realize this ... after all that Kerry did to desmirch the good name of millions of veterans of Vietnam and now Iraq and Afghanistan why is it that nobody has hunted him down and beat the shit out of him ? He deserves that on a monthly basis and yet he walks around safe in the knowledge that the men of honor that he has slandered won't come calling ...
I often wonder what I would do if I was ever diagnosed with terminal cancer ... high on the list would be a frank discussion with Mr. Kerry about Vietnam ...

Steve wrote:Sorry... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Steve wrote:
Sorry, disagree. He's admitted that the economy stinks. As for taking the
blame, how many people are going to rally around a guy who acknowledges
screwing thing up? The public might appreciate the humility and candor,
but we're not big on giving losers second chances.

I disagree with that. Obama acknowledges some trouble in the economy, but the "summer of recovery" is definitely not equivalent to saying the economy is in the crapper.

As for giving those who admit they were wrong second chances, I think most often of Bill Clinton, who admitted he raised taxes too much. Remember his tone after the 1994 Republican sweep? He admitted he might have gone a little too far and started trangulating and moderating.

The word "trangulating" was... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

The word "trangulating" was supposed to be "triangulating." I don't even want to consider what the word trangulating might mean.

"I don't even want to consi... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

"I don't even want to consider what the word trangulating might mean." Lorie

Sorry, you don't get off that one quite so easily. While I won't go into any details, I will say that my soon to be wife and I might have been caught trangulating in a car, back when we were young. Maybe.

Trangulating? Is that like ... (Below threshold)
914:

Trangulating? Is that like gesticulating?

It was a Freudian slip. Sh... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

It was a Freudian slip. She meant Strangulating.

Is that a word?

Remember Joe 'Sheriff' Bide... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Remember Joe 'Sheriff' Biden was one of those who insisted that Iraq be broken up into three parts. Will old Joe apologize to the Iraqi government for pushing a policy that would have destroyed the country, and left the Iraqis to the 'mercy' of the Iranians?

For Obama to put Biden in charge of Iraqi policy is like giving a kid a stick of dynamite and a book of matches.

"He's the one we are waitin... (Below threshold)
Inge:

"He's the one we are waiting for! I will cause the oceans to recede, and I will cause the planet to heal....!

Anyone rmember those statements? If do you, how could anybody sor self conceited get offf from this drivel? Not possible, in his mind he he 'god'...and the only True, and living God will humble him in time, that much I do know.

His statement regarding 'not' watching Beck is nagging him; all thse masses no longer worship him, faint in his presence...and causes his anger, almost falling of his rocker.




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