More Obama on FNS
4:15 PM, Apr 27, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Chris Wallace asked Obama if he would vote to confirm Petraeus as commander of CENTCOM. Obama responded:
Obama has no choice but to pretend that Iraq is a tactical sideshow with little relevance to our broader conflict against Islamic extremism. This is why he praises the 'good tactical job' Petraeus has done in Iraq but in the same breath falsely asserts that the general hasn't viewed Iraq in the 'wider view of our strategic interests.' Though ignored by most in the media, just two weeks ago Petraeus explained, in his opening congressional testimony, how Iraq fits into our broader conflict with al Qaeda and why success there will strike a significant blow against Islamic extremism:
Why does this matter? Obama opposed the surge and went even further by voting to cut off funds to American combat troops in the field. Had Obama prevailed, the surge wouldn't have happened, our enemies in Iraq would be on the offensive, and an energized al Qaeda leadership would be declaring victory over America.
Obama can't let this -- that the surge has been critical to our overall war -- become the narrative, so he will do everything possible to diminish the value of our gains there when talking with voters and downplay the consequences of his own reckless withdrawal policy. This is exactly what he did on Fox today.