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“An Unbelievable, Brazen Effort By a Politician to Rewrite History”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, speaking on a conference call a few moments ago, on Sen. Obama’s New York Times  op-ed today, in which Obama writes, “In the 18 months since President Bush announced the surge, our troops have performed heroically in bringing down the level of violence. New tactics have protected the Iraqi population, and the Sunni tribes have rejected Al Qaeda — greatly weakening its effectiveness. But the same factors that led me to oppose the surge still hold true…”

While Obama doesn’t suggest that he supported surge — he says just the opposite — he skips over the fact that the successes he now recognizes are ones that he once predicted simply would not happen.  From Graham: “In January 2007, Sen. Obama said, ‘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.’”

Graham again: “It is very important to understand where he has been regarding the surge. He came out with full force against the idea of sending more troops.  His solution was to pull out.”

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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