Saturday, August 28, 2010

Barry and his pretty lies

Facing bleak developments on multiple fronts, President Obama is turning his attention to an unlikely source of positive news: Iraq.
Obama will deliver a major address to the nation on Tuesday night highlighting his campaign promise to bring the war to a close. "As a candidate for this office, I pledged I would end this war. As president, that is what I am doing," Obama said in his weekly address, setting the stage for next week's speech. He said the United States is taking "an important step forward" as the last combat brigades leave the country, saying it will "mark the end of America's combat mission in Iraq."

The above is from Anne E. Kornblut's "Obama touts positive Iraq news in radio address" (Washington Post) which mainly serves to demonstrate that many in the press will ignore the facts to 'serve' the administration. From the second hour of yesterday's The Diane Rehm Show (NPR).

Moises Naim: August was the deadliest month for Iraqi security forces in the past three years, at least 265 have been killed in June alone. And if you look at these places where the attacks took place. They bring back names that had gone out of the news. Falludi, Ramadi, Tikrit, Kirkuk, Basra. These were places where we used to talk about them all the time and then they disappeared. This is a way of telling the world and telling Iraqis, we are still here -- on the part of insurgents in Iraq. And explaining the fact that the US troops are leaving is creating -- plus -- the very important backdrop to this story is that Iraq doesn't have a government. They had an election several months ago. That election does not yield a clear result. And now they have been struggling to create a functioning government.

On what level is Iraq a 'success'? Alsumaria TV reports that Nouri declared yesterday that the country was on alert because of "information that Al Qaeda and Baathists were planning a series of attacks across the country." And how amazing for any foreigner to claim 'credit' for another country's alleged success. Barack thinks he can tie a pretty bow around the illegal war and it's not going to play. Even the Cult of St. Barack will have to choke back a lot to go along with that but history will refuse to. It's amazing how Barack digs the hole he's in deeper and deeper with each and every utterance. And, as the Beaver County Times points out, "The war in Iraq won't be over until American troops are gone."

Kathleen Lucadamo (New York Daily News) notes he made his claims today from Martha's Vineyard -- not exactly Yalta. The link also has a poll and, of those voting so far in reply to the question "Do you believe the war was worthwhile?":

27% say "Yes. The war was necessary to overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein."

73% say, "No. The lives of 4,400 American service members were needlessly lost."

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