These quotations are taken from "The War Within", by Bob Woodward: "In the end, one lesson remained, a lesson played out again and again throughout the history of American government. Of all the forceful personalities pacing the halls of power, of all the obdurate cabinet officers, wily deputies and steely-eyed generals in and out of uniform, of all the voices in the chorus of Congress clamoring to make themselves heard,one person mattered most.
The president was in control. And like most of his predecessors, he had worked his will." (p.317)
Woodward was talking about the President Bush's final decision to go ahead with the apparently successful "surge" in Iraq.
Woodward quotes Barack Obama, "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse. I think it will take pressure off the Iraqis to arrive at the sort of political accommodation that every observer feels is the ultimate solution to the problems we face there.
So I am going to actively oppose the president's proposal. I don't doubt his sincerity when he says he thinks this is the best approach. But I think he is wrong." (p. 316)
Not only did Obama not support the surge, he promised in May of 2007 that if he was in charge, he would have the troops out in 16 months. Had he been in charge at that time, Iraq would now be in the hands of insurgent and terrorists Muslims. And the word and the reputation of the United States of America would now be tarnished beyond repair.
Would the world be a safer place for those who really love our country? Very possibly for Obama and for many of his ardent supporters.
Woodward quotes John McCain as advocating for years that the U.S. have more troops on the ground in Iraq. (p.313) On Wednesday, January 10, at about 2. P.M., only two hours before Bush's evening speech, McCain was asked by MSNBC if he would support the president. "I can't comment until I find out the exact details. I've been assured in conversation's with the president's national security advisor and others that I will be satisfied."
When McCain learned that all five brigades, the position McCain strongly supported, would go and none would would be "kept on a string" as some generals and advisers had proposed, McCain said he would support the president. (p.314)
It is unfortunate that the man who may be our next president, Barack Hussein Obama, will lead this country into pacifistism and socialism if not worse.
Wake up, America.