Obama would have surrendered Iraq to the terrorists of Al Qaeda today, if he had his way. Since 2006 he has repeatedly called for retreat, albeit labelling it a phased redeployment (all that is missing is King Arthur from Monty Python And The Holy Grail, shouting, “Run away!”.) of the troops on the ground, leaving Iraq to the wolves. This is the man who would be President of The United States…
On January 30, 2007, Senator Barack Obama introduced the Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007 in a speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate. In describing the proposed legislation he said,
“This plan would not only place a cap on the number of troops in Iraq and stop the escalation, more importantly, it would begin a phased redeployment of U.S. forces with the goal of removing all U.S. combat forces from Iraq by March 31, 2008.
“In a civil war where no military solution exists, this redeployment remains our best leverage to pressure the Iraqi government to achieve the political settlement between its warring factions that can slow the bloodshed and promote stability.”
Obama’s proposed legislation came in the wake of President Bush’s announcement of the troop surge. In a statement dated January 19, 2007, Obama said,
“I cannot in good conscience support this escalation. It is a policy which has already been tried and a policy which has failed. Just this morning, I had veterans of the Iraq war visit my office to explain to me that this surge concept is, in fact, no different from what we have repeatedly tried, but with 20,000 troops, we will not in any imaginable way be able to accomplish any new progress.”
No new progress. “Not in any imaginable way.” The surge would fail, he said. Things didn’t go as he predicted. Limited imagination perhaps.
Read more about his cut and run mentality here