Thursday, April 30, 2009

Obama's Iraq Policy in Ruins

Already America’s hopes for a free and peaceful Iraq have been crushed by the unbelievably stupid policies put in place by the Obama Administration. From the victories of the ‘surge’ and the foundation of several free elections, Iraq is now descending into chaos – brought on by Obama’s announced timetable for withdrawal, by Obama’s transfer of troops to Afghanistan and by the signals sent by the release of classified documents describing interrogation techniques.

Thoughtful people who are patriots predicted this outcome, but even we are surprised at how quickly this disintegration has come. It is clear that the blood and treasure expended in Iraq is being wasted due to liberal foolishness. Obama is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Five car bombings across Baghdad kill 48

Shiite Muslims appear to be the targets, and that raises fears of a renewed Sunni insurgency. Survivors of two blasts in Sadr City say Iraqi security forces failed to protect them.

April 30, 2009 LA Times (Excerpt)

Reporting from Baghdad — "Five car bombs ripped through neighborhoods across Baghdad late Wednesday, killing at least 48 people, wounding scores more and further raising concerns that a new wave of violence is threatening the security gains of the last 18 months.

The bombings came after the deaths of nearly 160 people in a 24-hour period late last week marked the worst surge of violence in a year. The attacks in recent days, all appearing to target Shiite Muslim civilians, have raised fears that the Sunni insurgency is regrouping for a fresh campaign of violence that could in turn trigger retaliation and reignite the sectarian warfare that only recently subsided.

U.S. troops are due to withdraw from Iraq's cities by the end of June, and the attacks have deepened concerns that the Iraqi security forces are not up to the job of taking charge from the departing Americans." LA Times

As in the domestic area, Obama makes grand pronouncements, but his policies are dangerously foolish and based on deception.
Iraq maneuvers: The administration bobs and weaves on the war

April 30, 2009 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Baghdad on Saturday and discussion among American military officials about "exceptions" to the troop pullout from Iraqi cities do not square very well with President Barack Obama's pledge to close down the U.S. military presence there.

During her visit, Mrs. Clinton told the Iraqis, "We are committed to Iraq; we want to see a stable, sovereign, self-reliant Iraq." She also commented that Iraq relies on the United States for security, stability and economic survival. She made these comments in the face of an upsurge last week in sectarian violence, which was directed by Sunnis against Shiites, some of whom were Iranian pilgrims visiting religious shrines.

How she could believe that Iraq can achieve stability and self-reliance within the time frame that Mr. Obama has promised for U.S. withdrawal is difficult to imagine. If the president intends to keep his promise to the American people to end the war and the occupation, it is irresponsible on the part of his secretary of state to assure them of such a commitment to the future.


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