Barack Pivots and Pivots Some More
Now that the surge has worked, a surge that defeatist Democrats and Obama denied would work, the Dem presidential candidate is attempting to pivot to a more reasonable centrist position. But the hard-left is going ape over it. So Obama pivots again.
He's the guy on the basketball court who has picked up his dribble and is trapped on the baseline. All his teammates are covered, so he has no one to pass to. He would like to call "Time out" but he can't remember if he's used them all up. So he spins around on one foot like a top. A five-second call is coming. In desperation he tries to wing the ball off an opponent's leg to send it out of bounds. He looks confused, desperate and frustrated.
Still, he must spin, even though he has lost possession of the issue. He whines to the referee for a foul call. The ref looks at him and shakes his head.
Now, he's in danger out losing possession of his fan base, and they of their marbles. They're booing and throwing beer and popcorn at him.
Meanwhile, Noemie Emery explains how it all happened.
How the anti-war left's brilliant plan to hang the war around the GOP's neck and cruise to political victory by U.S. military defeat in Iraq, was ruined by the toughness and smarts of Gen. David Petraeus, our warriors and our Iraqi allies.
What a tragedy. What a shame.
UPDATE: Iraq War Veteran Capt. Pete Hegseth has more on Op-Ed Obama.
UPDATE: Peter Wehner demolishes Obama's claims as they fly in the face of reality on the ground.
In his New York Times op-ed today on Iraq, Barack Obama makes several claims worth examining.
In his opening paragraph, Obama writes:
"The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq presents an enormous opportunity. We should seize this moment to begin the phased redeployment of combat troops that I have long advocated, and that is needed for long-term success in Iraq and the security interests of the United States."
A phased redeployment of combat troops can now be done in the context of a victory in Iraq, whereas when Obama first called for the complete withdrawal of all combat troops in Iraq by March 2008, it would have led to an American defeat. It is because President Bush endorsed a counterinsurgency plan which Senator Obama fiercely opposed that we are in a position to both withdraw additional combat troops and prevail in Iraq.
Read it all...
Meanwhile, Time's Joe Klein tries to defend Obama:
"He's still clinging to his 16 month timetable for getting the troops home. That's probably too quick, but I understand why he's sticking with it: because he doesn't want the Republicans to call him a flip-flopper and also, I'd guess, because he figures that being overly optimistic about the withdrawal timetable isn't going to hurt him with the electorate."
The flip-flopper doesn't want to be called a flip-flopper so he lies instead? That's some defense.