Saturday, February 28, 2009

Obama and Iraq

I saw this nugget in a Yahoo news story about Obama's plans for Iraq.

Even after the drawdown, a force of as many as 50,000 troops will remain, which has caused heartache among anti-war Democrats who wanted a fuller pullout.

Heartache? Why does leaving a large U.S. force in Iraq cause the left "heartache"? Surely it's not because of mounting GI casualties. Today, it's safer for an American soldier to walk the streets of Fallujah than an American citizen to do the same in Detroit, U.S.A. No. It's because leaving a large U.S. force in Iraq almost guarantees a stable, democratic American ally in the Arab Muslim middle east. In other words, a U.S. military victory resulting in the potential for real, long lasting peace in the region. And its architect? George W. Bush. Angina indeed!

Also, see the WSJ editorial today analyzing those Obama Iraq decisions and how they mirror and validate the Bush strategy.

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