John McCain's recent invite to Barack Obama to join him in a trip to Iraq was a pretty smart move, highlighting as it does the fact that Obama hasn't set foot inside the war zone in over two years. And those years have been eventful ones in which the Surge has been implemented and in which Al Qaeda in Iraq has been virtually routed, the Iraqi army has started to step up to the plate, causalities are down, etc.
Despite those remarkable changes Obama, like many Dems refuses to recognize a good thing when it happens (at least on a Republican President's watch) and has pretty much kept his Iraq policy the same as when the situation on the ground was going much worse; that policy being to get the Hell out ASAP no matter what the result. So McCain thought inviting the Obamessiah to Iraq would be a good way to remind people of the changes for the better in the war and Obama's intransigence and inflexibility in adjusting his policy to the new circumstances (the idea that Obama would refuse to go being a certainty).
Well the messianic-one lived down to expectations and issued a wonder of statement refusing to go:
John McCain’s proposal is nothing more than a political stunt, and we don’t need any more ‘Mission Accomplished’ banners or walks through Baghdad markets to know that Iraq’s leaders have not made the political progress that was the stated purpose of the surge. The American people don’t want any more false promises of progress, they deserve a real debate about a war that has overstretched our military, and cost us thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars without making us safer.
In other words, he doesn't have to go to see for himself what is going on. So he refuses to acknowledge the widely reported enormous success the past two years have brought and he refuses to find out the truth on his own. Yep, it looks like McCain got it right when he said,
"Look at what happened in the last two years since Senator Obama visited and declared the war lost," the GOP presidential nominee-in-waiting told The Associated Press in an interview, noting that the Illinois senator's last trip to Iraq came before the military buildup that is credited with curbing violence.
"He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time," the Arizona senator added. "If there was any other issue before the American people, and you hadn't had anything to do with it in a couple of years, I think the American people would judge that very harshly."
But as Hot Air points out, Obama has started to wear his flag lapel pin again, so there, Senator McCain.
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Stop The ACLU is on the story, too
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