To say that Barack Obama is not ready for prime time understates the case. He isn’t ready for a 3:00 a.m. infomercial. The latest from Obama: “Obama: Shift Troops to Fight al-Qaida”:
“We cannot win a war against the terrorists if we’re on the wrong battlefield,” Obama said. “America must urgently begin deploying from Iraq and take the fight more effectively to the enemy’s home by destroying al-Qaida’s leadership along the Afghan-Pakistan border, eliminating their command and control networks and disrupting their funding.”
Our military commanders have repeatedly stated that the number one foe they are fighting in Iraq is al Qaeda. Al Qaeda’s leadership has declared Iraq the main front in their war against civilization. Zawahiri has urged radical Muslims to “hurry to Iraq.” Bin Laden has declared Baghdad “the capital of the Caliphate.” Iraq is the one place on earth where al Qaeda has chosen to risk its prestige on an effort to engage our forces, exhaust our patience, and drive us from the field.
Is it possible that Obama is unaware of these basic facts? Can he possibly not understand that if we desert Iraq, al Qaeda will thrive there, and will claim a propaganda victory far bigger than the September 11 attacks? Whereas, if we defeat al Qaeda in Iraq, that organization will be seen throughout the Muslim world as a spent force?
We can only take Obama at his word. Based on his own statements, he should not be allowed anywhere near the levers of power in our government.
UPDATE: John Wixted offers a more detailed, and excellent, rebuttal to Obama here.
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