In a strange way, the Obama administration is obscenely consistent: they blame Bush for their failures, and take credit for Bush’s successes. They are like parasites utterly dependent upon Bush for their political survival.
In one of the most outrageous and despicable things I’ve ever heard, Joe Biden said this about Iraq:
“I am very optimistic about — about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.”
Andrew Malcolm – of the uber-liberal Los Angeles Times, no less – responded to that partial birth abortion of reality this way:
“Now, the Obama-Biden pair that opposed the Iraq war and its tactics and predicted their failure is prepared to accept credit for its success.”
Malcolm included the (Youtube) video of Obama predicting that the surge would bring about MORE violence rather than result in victory:
Instead of wanting to win in Iraq, Joe Biden wanted to partition the country into three regions that would have constantly warred with one another. And then incredibly lied about having done so. And both Barack Obama and Joe Biden led the Senate effort to undermine what turned out to be such a successful war that Joe Biden would try to take credit for it.
From Fox News Special Report:
But Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said you cannot oppose the surge and then claim it for your legacy.
“When Joe Biden was in the Senate and Obama was in the Senate, they authored and were the chief architect of the resolution opposing the surge,” he said.
The vice president also took credit for the troop drawdown.
“You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer,” he said. “You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.”
But the drawdown was negotiated in the Status of Forces Agreement before the Obama administration took office.
“The reduction in U.S. forces that is under way right now is in fact important and it’s largely the continuation of the policy that President Bush had set in place when he negotiated the drawdown schedule with Prime Minister Maliki at the end of 2008,” Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution told Fox News.
In fact, the agreement called for having U.S. troops out of Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and all U.S. combat troops out by the end of 2011.
“The timetable for withdrawing those troops had been worked on for a long time, way preceding this administration coming into power, and that timetable really centered on success in Iraq,” said Col. Bill Cowan, a Fox News contributor. “That success starting really after the surge that was implemented by the previous administration.”
Let me sum it up thusly:
The same Demagogue Party whose senior political figure at the time said on April 19, 2007…
“Now I believe myself … that this war is lost, and that the surge is not accomplishing anything…”
… is now the party trying to claim credit for a success that they treasonously fought every single step of the way.
The one good thing about Vice President Biden’s incredibly deceitful statement is that it points out what a success Iraq turned out to be. The Iraq War turned out to be such a success that Biden wants to claim it as “one of the great achievements of this administration.” And it proves in hindsight just how right Bush was, and how profoundly wrong the Democrats were.