Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Obama Iraq Speech
It's not so much what President Obama said tonight in his nationally-televised address; it's what he didn't say. Much of it was pablum delivered in a somnolent style that makes us forget the stirring campaign speeches he used to make.
Obama paid gracious tribute to the troops who served (and died) in Iraq. He treated Iraq as if it were a distraction that he could now more or less dispense with. He mentioned that he called ex-President George Bush today.
"This afternoon, I spoke to former President George W. Bush. It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security.."
Implication? Bush screwed up in Iraq, but he's well-intentioned. What's that saying about "faint praise"?
What he didn't say was the following:
Saddam Hussein and his murderous sons are gone (dead). No more torture rooms, rape rooms and mass graves.
Had he (Obama) his way, Saddam Hussein and his sons would still be running Iraq, killing people and proceeding with a program of developing deadly weapons.
He also opposed the crucial decision to launch the Surge, which changed the direction of the war and led to the present situation, which has allowed us to draw down.
What I am trying to say is that he might have conceded that Bush had a little something to do with the present (albeit still shaky) situation in Iraq.
But he said none of that. All he could bring himself to say about George Bush was that he supports the troops, loves his country and is committed to our security.
A forgettable speech. Even the sycophants at MSNBC could only discuss it for 5 or 10 minutes. I guess they would rather talk about Glenn Beck.