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Piling On

Guess who said:

“The failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster. It would dishonor the 900-plus men and women who have already died.”

And who do you think said:

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for Congress to make those decisions about what happens in the field.”

Bush? Cheney? Angelina Jolie? Wrong camel-breath! Both quotes were made by Senator Barack Obama, the first in 2004, the second in 2006. These quotes are in Michael Gerson’s Wa Po column today.

But Gerson notes that Obama later changed his tune: calling for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq by March 2008 – that would be right now – and had that policy been followed it “would have undone the Anbar Awakening, massively strengthened al-Qaeda and increased civilian carnage.”


Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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