Posted by: Sanity Rules | July 15, 2008

Obama Defines His Iraq Strategy: Surrender

Barack Obama restated his pledge to end the Iraq war by the summer of 2010, saying that the U.S. must defeat Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of Iran.

Evidently he hasn’t looked at a map lately. If he did, he would note that strategically, Iraq is much more important than Afghanistan. Pulling U.S. Troops out of Iraq would guarantee Iranian control of an area from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea as well as control of the majority of the Worlds Oil supply.

The Senator says he will pursue Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, but is not apparently interested in fighting them in Iraq where the strategic position is much more crucial to the region.

It is interesting that he decided declare the “surge” a failure and to outline his surrender of Iraq before even making his trip to Iraq. So much for listening to his commanders.

John McCain, during a town hall meeting held just minutes after Obama delivered his address, said “Senator Obama will tell you we can’t win in Afghanistan without losing in Iraq. In fact, he has it exactly backwards,” McCain said “It is precisely the success of the surge in Iraq that shows us the way to succeed in Afghanistan.”

McCain also criticized Obama for laying out an Iraq policy without having visited both Iraq and Afghanistan. “Senator Obama is departing soon on a trip abroad that will include a fact-finding mission to Iraq and Afghanistan,” McCain said.

“He is speaking today about his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan before he’s even left, before he has talked to General Petraeus, before he has seen the progress in Iraq, and before he has set foot in Afghanistan for the first time. In my experience … fact-finding missions usually work best the other way around: First you assess the facts on the ground, then you present a new strategy.”

Once Obama has given Iran control of Iraq and the the world oil supply, the war in Afghanistan that Obama says is so crucial, will be meaningless because we will not have the resources to fight there.

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