In B. Hussein’s Iraq campaign speech, he took credit for the success in Iraq, which he and his party did everything to prevent, and for the turnover of responsibility for Iraqi security, which President George W. Bush put in place in December 2008. As we predicted, both in this space and in last night’s “historic” (it seems to work for Obama, so why not for me?) post-speech edition of the Teri O’Brien Show, he couldn’t bring himself to say those three little words that every successful husband knows and says on a regular basis: “I was wrong.” You didn’t exactly have to be Kreskin to know that he wouldn’t admit his mistake, not only because the inability to acknowledge error is a hallmark of the narcissistic personality, but also because of the contentious exchange his ridiculously incompetent, buffoonish mouthpiece, Robert Gibbs, had yesterday with Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson. (We played it on last night’s show, just in case you missed it.) Gibbs’ credited the “Sunni awakening” for the improvement in conditions in Iraq, which is understandable, since his boss opposed the 2007 surge, which most knowledgeable observers say is the actual reason things have gotten better. If thing’s go south, and the 50,000 American “advisers” still in Iraq find themselves in combat, and we experience casualties, we the Obama administration blame a “Sunni snooze?” No, of course, not. They’ll blame George W. Bush, but speaking of snoozers, this 17-minute snorefest made an Agriculture committee hearing on C-SPAN seem interesting. Jug Ears could have phone this one in as one of those robo-calls. “This is Barack Obama. I wanted to remind you of another of my great successes and a campaign promise fulfilled …blah blah blah.” The upside is that it would have been good practice for all the robo-calls he’s planning to make in the next 70 days or so, assuming he can persuade any democrat candidates to let him participate in their campaigns. The downside is that, unlike George and Laura Bush, who I can only assume don’t, most Americans have caller ID, and when they see that number and name on the display, there is no way they are taking that call. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall during that little chat. “Let me be clear, George. You remember. I was all for that surge thing, right?” Nice try to get political cover by calling W. I wonder if the issue of the Ground Zero mosque, which B. Hussein was for before he was against, came up, and if so, if Sham WOW (Walks on Water) tried to get W to save his skinny rear end by making some sort of supportive statement. His LSM (Lame Stream Media) flacks have been pitching that for weeks, but this time the grown-up wisely has decided to stay out of it.
At one point, the speech took a particularly bizarre, but predictable turn. In yet another example of B. Hussein’s ability to read ANYTHING and say it with a straight face, he stated:
Unfortunately, over the last decade, we have not done what is necessary to shore up the foundation of our own prosperity. We have spent a trillion dollars at war, often financed by borrowing from overseas. This, in turn, has short-changed investments in our own people, and contributed to record deficits.
So the record deficits are due to the war? I know that’s the Left’s favorite talking points, but like most of their mantras, it’s at war (no pun intended) with reality, as this chart from Investors.com demonstrates:
One last question: now that Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, perhaps there’s a better name for the new mission in Iraq than Operation New Dawn. I know that Rush Limbaugh has used this one before, but given the inability of the Iraqis to form a government at this point, I’m thinking Operation Chaos is a tad more appropriate. Ideology and domestic politics aside, the situation in Iraq remains unresolved, no matter what the Dear Reader recites.