Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Two Men, Two Quotes, and the "Surge"

The year is 2007. Two Senators, on different sides of the aisle, both negative on the prospects for the success of George W. Bush's military strategy in Iraq, specifically, "The Surge".  Here are the quotes, can you guess the two men?

“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.”

“[The Surge is]...the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam, if it’s carried out.”

The first quote was from then-Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Democrat from Illinois.  The second was from then-Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican from Nebraska.

Both of them spectacularly wrong about the biggest military operation this nation had undertaken in half a century.  Certainly, as Commentary points out, it gave us insight into the character of our future president:

It was an early indication of Obama’s poor judgment and instinct to substitute ideological stubbornness for serious analysis.

But more importantly, it turns out these two losers have been running a foreign-policy carnival sideshow for years:

Obama and Hagel would develop a friendship, and repeat this pattern. They would travel to Iraq together, where Hagel was dismissive and suspicious of the military’s top brass. Obama would take office and do the same. Hagel would speak out against tough Iran sanctions, and Obama would work against them from the White House, opposing several iterations of them and finally watering them down when he couldn’t prevent sanctions from passing Congress. Hagel would loudly criticize even the contemplation of military action against Iran, and Obama would have his secretary of defense deliver a similar message to Israel.

The two of them don't' equal one idiot.  And they both believe they are destined to shape the New World Order, using a "fundamentally transformed" America as their vehicle.

May God save us....

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