...but Barack Obama, stout patriot and politician that he is, would gladly force an American defeat if it could somehow help him personally.
Amir Taheri talks about the signals Obama has been giving the Iraqi leadership:
Obama has given Iraqis the impression that he doesn't want Iraq to appear anything like a success, let alone a victory, for America. The reason? He fears that the perception of US victory there might revive the Bush Doctrine of "pre-emptive" war - that is, removing a threat before it strikes at America.
Despite some usual equivocations on the subject, Obama rejects pre-emption as a legitimate form of self -defense. To be credible, his foreign-policy philosophy requires Iraq to be seen as a failure, a disaster, a quagmire, a pig with lipstick or any of the other apocalyptic adjectives used by the American defeat industry in the past five years.
Obama, as an American president, would change history, all right - turning us from winners into losers to maintain his illusionary policies and to keep the support of his hard-Left base.
This is change only the Democrats (and the media, so invested in the loss narrative) can believe in...