Iraq and Barack Obama’s Future, Ringside

I haven’t really written about Barack Obama that much. I tend to get a little tired of the election, about Six months in, here we are more than a year into this one and only about four more months to go. It gets slightly annoying, but every now and then I’ll find something that I’d like to touch on. I also don’t write much about Iraq. To tell you the truth I don’t know enough about it to write about it everyday. That’s what people like Michael Yon are for, they know far more than I do. But, while I will admit that I am not the most savvy Iraq War guy, I do have opinions, current opinions, about current conditions. I am extremely tired of people that keep bringing up the beginning of the war. That is in the past and it need not be resurrected anymore, we need to look at our current situation. We are in and that is it.

A lot people say President Bush is stubborn and won’t budge when it comes to his policy views, and they use that against him. How on earth has Barack Obama not enacted the same amount of stubbornness that President Bush is accused of. He voted against the surge, he says that he would still vote against the surge.

Imagine boxers in the ring, it’s the Ninth round of a Twelve round fight. You’ve got two boxers fighting to the death, the one boxer is just pummeling the other in the head constantly, and if only this guy would guard his head he could gain the opportunity to hold on to some of his stamina and counter some of these head shots. At the end of the Ninth round they go back to their corners, the guys coach tells him to guard his head and counter the other guy’s jabs with some hooks to the body, coach knows the other boxer has a real weak body and broke a couple of ribs about two years ago. But no, the man with the hemorrhaging eye resists, say’s he knows what he’s doing and he’ll keep fighting his way.

Well it’s the end of the Tenth round, the ref is about one more right hook to the head of stopping this fight. The boxers return to their corners, the guy’s eye has gone from hemorrhaging to closed shut by swollen skin. So he concedes and starts to listen to his coach. Back in the ring, he guards his head and the swollen eye, about one minute into the fight he counters with a right hook to the side of the guy’s body, breaks two of his left ribs and the guy is wobbled, he’s down for the count, but he gets back up and the bell rings. End of the Eleventh, the Twelfth is going to be hell for this guy if he doesn’t protect his body and the now broken ribs, but at this point he’s gone and it wouldn’t take but the touch of a feather to knock him down. After the Eleventh the guy with the swollen eye walks up to his coach, coach says “What’d I tell you, It worked!” The guy looks out of his good eye and says “No coach, you were wrong I was right, I could’ve won my way and I‘m going to finish it my way.” He finishes the fight victorious and is accredited with an unbelievable win.

I don’t understand why Barack Obama can’t look at the conditions on the ground and say to himself that the surge worked and it might have been a good idea to vote for it! He is the stubborn boxer at the end of the Eleventh round. The question is after the fight is said and done will Barrack Obama gleam the same fate as the storied boxer?

There was an AP article last week talking about troop withdrawal. The article says “President Bush seems likely to order thousands more soldiers home by year’s end.” This is a good thing! I am not one to say that the President deserves 100% of the credit for this occurrence, if anything the award goes to General David Petraeus for his leadership, especially the troops, without a doubt and to all the political figures that supported the surge. I acknowledge that prior to the surge the war was incredibly mismanaged and a mangled mess. But now its getting better. The article says “It now looks as though Bush has more reasons to resume the draw down than to leave the entire decision to his successor.”

The thing that I am worried about is the hypothetical scenario that Barack Obama does get elected and at that time, we are ready to withdraw the troops from Iraq. From the article “the chief spokesman for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said the government hopes the U.S. withdraws its combat troops by 2010.” They want us gone by 2010, that’s great! The very fact that they can actually say that, right now, is a great sign of success, because I assure you a couple of years ago they could’ve said what ever they wanted, but it would have fallen on deaf ears, because they had no clout. Now they finally have the clout needed to make that statement and have it actually mean something.

Back to my hypothetical scenario. Say its inauguration day in 2009 and we are even better off in Iraq at that time than we are today. From that point on President Obama enacts his troop withdrawal program, and has the troops out within 16 month of taking office. Does he get all the credit or any of the credit, credit that is obviously undeserved? Is he the stubborn boxer?


One Response to “Iraq and Barack Obama’s Future, Ringside”

  1. The arrogance of Obama, citizen of the world, is just flat out obvious in those videos. He is worse than Hillary when it comes to answering the question without really answering the question. He just can’t admit when he’s wrong, and gets angry when people point that out.

    “Just to be clear Senator, cause your first answer to this question was a bunch of words you pulled out of your butt, your position hasn’t changed? Right?”

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