Senator Obama seems to has given his opponent, Senator McCain, some fodder for tonight's speech in the former's much-anticipated interview with Bill O'Reilly. From Abe Greenwald at the Commentary Mag Blog:
From Barack Obama’s upcoming interview with Bill O’Reilly:
I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama said while refusing to retract his initial opposition to the surge. “I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
Oh, some people anticipated the surge’s success, or at least anticipated the possibility of its success. In fact, I even have a name for Barack Obama: John McCain. Pushing George W. Bush for an increase of 20,000 troops back in 2006, McCain wrote, “The question is one of will more than capacity. If we are not willing to provide the troops necessary for victory, however, victory itself will be impossible.” What exactly does “the troops necessary for victory” mean to Barack Obama if not anticipation of the surge’s success? What Obama failed to see in Iraq was that victory wasn’t about “wildest dreams,” and Strangelove delusions, but about commitments requiring the toughest decisions a leader can face.
During this election, there has been a lot of talk about putting country before oneself and vice-versa. The most glaring (and offensive and dangerous) example of any candidate putting themselves before their country comes in Barack Obama’s refusal to acknowledge the determining importance of the surge and thus his own fallibility. His take: Yes it worked, but I wasn’t wrong to oppose it–because I opposed it. Now, let me tell you how I’m going to win in Afghanistan . . .