From goo-goo media coverage, you might think Barack Obama already has moved into the White House — or that, hoisted on the shoulders of his handlers, his sedan chair is making its regal way to the presidency through mesmerized, swooning, oh-just-to-touch-him throngs.
On his foreign tour he counts in his entourage all three network anchors — Brian, Katie and Charles — and never mind the starkly disinterested media attention given John McCain’s three recent foreign tours (his latest, earlier this month, to Colombia). During McCain’s weeklong March visit to Europe and the Middle East, the networks — between them — aired just four measly news accounts of the trip. Compare that to the media’s all-Obama-all-the-time coverage now and the drumbeat about McCain’s age-related gaffes as he offers up — in at least three states per day — novel ideas on taxes, the economy, education, energy and the environment.
Oh — and the great Obama? Despite his efforts seemingly to moderate — to rush toward the center from precisely the leftism that won him the nomination — he refuses to change or grow.
Recall, please, that Obama never supported the American effort in Iraq — neither the removal of Saddam nor the establishment there of liberty and democracy. It was the wrong war, a “disastrous” war, Bush’s war. In January of last year, he offered legislation requiring the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq by March of this year. The Petraeus surge, he said, wouldn’t work because it couldn’t work — because our involvement there was a wrongly conceived, failed and hopelessly bungled enterprise.
Now? Well maybe the surge had some beneficial effect, but the invasion still was wrong and all the combat brigades should come home — except two, which should invade Afghanistan to save it from Pakistan. Or something. As McCain said in a piece The New York Times refused to print — responding to an earlier Times column by Obama:
“In 2007 (Obama) wanted to withdraw because he thought the war was lost. If we had taken his advice, it would have been. Now he wants to withdraw because he thinks Iraqis no longer need our assistance. . . . Any drawdowns must be based on a realistic assessment of conditions on the ground, not on an artificial timetable crafted for domestic political reasons.”
Obama wants not victory but withdrawal — even if the Iraqis’ fledgling liberty and democracy should die. Indeed, to acknowledge the success of the surge would be thereby to admit the virtue of the pre-emptive war that not only made liberty possible, but created an increasingly stable U.S. ally and helped stymie the advance of islamofascist terror across the globe.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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