Does anyone in this administration have any sense of shame at all? How can Robert Gibbs, speaking for The Commander and Chief, lie about an issue so important to the troops; one that can be easily fact checked, on YouTube no less?
Here’s Greg Hengler’s video: Busted! Fox’s Carlson Catches Gibbs In A Naked Lie–Asks 6 Times If Obama Will Credit Bush Tonight
Props to Gretchen Carlson. I had no idea she was such a badass.
“The president always believed that you would change part of the security situation by vastly increasing the number of troops.”
Uh….sure he did.
Peter Wehner wrote this piece in The Weekly Standard in July, 2008, when Obama was finally coming around to admitting the surge’s success, after months of slamming it .
In October 2006–three months before the president’s new strategy was unveiled–Obama said, “It is clear at this point that we cannot, through putting in more troops or maintaining the presence that we have, expect that somehow the situation is going to improve, and we have to do something significant to break the pattern that we’ve been in right now.”
On January 10, 2007, the night the surge was announced, Obama declared, “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq are going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.” A week later, he insisted the surge strategy would “not prove to be one that changes the dynamics significantly.” And in reaction to the president’s January 23 State of the Union address, Obama said,
“I don’t think the president’s strategy is going to work. We went through two weeks of hearings on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; experts from across the spectrum–military and civilian, conservative and liberal–expressed great skepticism about it. My suggestion to the president has been that the only way we’re going to change the dynamic in Iraq and start seeing political commendation is actually if we create a system of phased redeployment. And, frankly, the president, I think, has not been willing to consider that option, not because it’s not militarily sound but because he continues to cling to the belief that somehow military solutions are going to lead to victory in Iraq”.
In July, after evidence was amassing that the surge was working, Obama said, “My assessment is that the surge has not worked.”
Obama, then, was not only wrong about the surge; he was spectacularly wrong. And he continued to remain wrong even as mounting evidence of its success gave way to overwhelming evidence of its success.
More via Polifact:
On July 18, 2007, Obama told Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, “My assessment is that the surge has not worked and we will not see a different report eight weeks from now.”
He continued: “And it is my assessment and the American people’s assessment that this strategy has not worked, that al-Qaida has gotten stronger in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that we are fighting on the wrong battlefield and the Iraqi government has not done the work it needs to do to resolve the civil war in Iraq.”
So while Bush was “clinging to his belief that military solutions would somehow lead to victory in Iraq”, Obama was slamming the effort every chance he got. Well, it turns out the bitter clinger was right, and Obama was spectacularly wrong. But after watching Gibbs skirt Carlson’s question six times, I won’t hold my breath waiting for Obama to give Bush any credit for winning the war. I honestly don’t think he has it in him.
Q: Has Obama gotten anything right on Iraq?
GOP.gov: Flashback: What Democrats Said Then
Gateway Pundit: If Saddam Was Still Alive Today…
You know he’s right.