POTUS "ok's" Troop surge.
I want it to be clear, I fully support a surge. However, I want people to watch closely to not allow this to be a diversion in order to get out of Iraq. Back on July 20th, 2007 this was said by, now, President Obama while campaigning in New Hampshire:
Obama told the crowd of more than 500 people that nobody wants to get U.S. troops out of Iraq more than he does, but doing so will require voters to pressure Senate Republicans, including New Hampshire Senators Judd Gregg and John Sununu, to break with President Bush.Remember those days where the surge was "no good" and could not achieve anything? I am going to use a chart from a source I do not like that much, but in order to prevent the left from saying there is a "cooking of the books." In full disclosure his statement does make sense on one level, the snap shot, NON-strategic view.
Obama says there's no reason to give the president's troop surge more time.
"Here's what we know. The surge has not worked. And they said today, 'Well, even in September, we're going to need more time.' So we're going to kick this can all the way down to the next president, under the president's plan."
The Illinois Senator also said the nation must be willing to "hunt down and take out" terrorists bent on carrying out extremist acts against the United States.
Obama pegged their number at twenty thousand people worldwide.
For NHPR News, I'm Josh Rogers.
What did I mean in regards to him not looking at the strategic view? Well General Petraeus mentioned it in his much awaited report in April '08:
...a failed state in Iraq would pose serious consequences for the greater fight against Al Qaeda, for regional stability, for the already existing humanitarian crisis in Iraq, and for the effort to counter malign Iranian influence.
The first graphic I used was not intended for this post, it was in the election...but it seemed to apply. 10% budget cut on the Department of Defense, the possible slash in missile defense, F-22? The military is our defense, we must keep it strong, listen to military leaders and support President Obama when he makes the right calls, and nail him on the wrong ones!
This surge is a good call, let's join together and support him. At the same time make sure he does NOT abandon Iraq!