If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you support the surge?
Simple question, right? Obama's response- No, because, keep in mind that…
Q: You wouldn’t?
A: Keep in mind… These kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult. Hindsight is 20/20. But I think that, what I’m absolutely convinced of, is that at that time we had to change the political debate because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with.Let me see if I can get this straight- he's asked that, had he known that the Surge would be the success story it is today, would he have supported it. He says, clearly and without doubt, NO.
Now, Hot Air points out that there is more to his answer to come but what he just said was unequivocal. It's crystal clear that Obama's position is that victory in Iraq is not his prime concern. In fact, he goes so far as to say that, even knowing the success of the Surge, that he is more concerned about opposing the Bush administration.
Mull this over for a few moments - Barack Obama has just admitted that his disagreement with a matter of foreign policy is more important to him than an American victory. Than the lives of American troops. Than defeating mass-murdering terrorists. He clearly values his opinion over all of these things because he knows that the Surge has transformed Iraq, reducing deaths among American troops and innocent civilians alike- and yet still he would have opposed that winning strategy because, no matter the success of it, he was against the views of Bush.
That matters more to him than the increased American and Iraqi civilian casualties that would have occurred without the Surge? That alone is enough, I would have thought, for the vast majority of Americans to immediately dismiss him as a serious contender for the post of President.
Of all the telling insights into his character that have slipped out when he's not reading prepared speeches, I think that this is the most chilling.
Barack Obama has just admitted that the lives of American troops, that defeating terrorists who are massacring innocent civilians, that winning a major front in the war on terrorism- all those things come secondary to his personal objections to the successful policies of the Bush administration. He's "absolutely convinced" of it.
Despicable doesn't even begin to cover it.