McCain Gets History Of The Surge Wrong

From NewsJunk.com:

During a CBS interview on Tuesday, John McCain made a stone cold error on a subject about which he claims expert knowledge: the “surge” strategy in Iraq. In an interview with anchor Katie Couric, the Arizona Republican said, inaccurately, that the surge strategy was responsible for the much-touted “Anbar Awakening,” in which Sunni sheiks turned against Al Qaeda, helping in turn to reduce violence in the country.

In fact, the Anbar Awakening came long before the surge. When talking about a lack of foreign policy understanding, maybe he should look in the mirror rather than point fingers at his opponent?

We won in Iraq, a long time ago

From Scripting News:

I know this goes without saying, but it keeps coming up.

Remember when our troops marched into Baghdad, took the place over, drove Saddam into a hole and arrested or killed the government. Then we disbanded their army.

When you go to war that’s what victory looks like.

Right. We are getting confused with winning the war in Iraq, and accomplishing our stated goal of a stable democracy there.

The first part is done. The second will never be. It’s simply not possible as long as there’s a large portion of the populace that have no interest in a democracy, but want a theocracy with their particular brand of Islam.

It’s time to actually live up to the Mission Accomplished statement, and get the hell out of Dodge.

We won in Iraq, a long time ago

From Scripting News:

I know this goes without saying, but it keeps coming up.

Remember when our troops marched into Baghdad, took the place over, drove Saddam into a hole and arrested or killed the government. Then we disbanded their army.

When you go to war that’s what victory looks like.

Right. We are getting confused with winning the war in Iraq, and accomplishing our stated goal of a stable democracy there.

The first part is done. The second will never be. It’s simply not possible as long as there’s a large portion of the populace that have no interest in a democracy, but want a theocracy with their particular brand of Islam.

It’s time to actually live up to the Mission Accomplished statement, and get the hell out of Dodge.