Do you really want this pacifist duo to run our country for the next 4 years? O'bama, who promised his pacifist/populist supporters that once elected he would "cut and run" from the Mideast as fast as he could? Biden, who said he supported the original invasion of Iraq but as late as 12 months ago said the "surge" would not work and we should have pulled out by now?
For you naysayers who still read me, sorry, but my first blog said this would not be a "feel good" blog site, I recommend you read the 9/20-21/08 issue of the the WSJ and the column "Why the Surge Worked" by Matthew Kaminsky, a member of the Journal's editorial board.
Mr. Kaminsky interviewed retired General Jack Keane, who helped formulate the strategy that was a change of mission and not just more troops and tells his story on Page A13.
Thanks to the ilk of O'bama and Biden, "this nation came within weeks or months of defeat in Iraq. These presidential candidates were fundamentally wrong. It is our presence that is helping the Iraqis move forward", says General Keane.
Of course the battle is not over and some our peacekeeping presence will be needed as "peacekeepers" were and are needed in other foreign countries over the past 70 years or more.
President Bush get the credit of pressing the surge action just as he has been a deciding factor of keeping foreign terrorists from any major destruction of our homeland since 9/11. Even then, this act of sheer terror was brewing for months and perhaps years under the Clinton Administration
The interview with national hero General Jack Keane is well worth the read for Republican, Democrat or other.
For those of you who would throw at me McCain's "hundred" years, even though it was a "figure of speech", he was telling it like is really has been for the last 70 years. Why didn't Clinton when in power, remove our troops from Japan, Germany, etc.? Why not? Because he knew better than to show signs of weakness to Russia, China and others with imperialistic ambitions. Same reason a Democrat Congress in power for 20 months hasn't demanded a complete withdrawal.
It wouldn't be a sane thing to do.