Posted by Curt on 13 January, 2008 at 2:34 pm. 16 comments already!


I won’t go into the political correctness tone of the interview Hillary had with Tim Russert today, I covered the whole Obama “if you talk negative about me I will call you racist” story here, and Bryan does a good job here.

What I am going to write about is the amazing twisting and turning done by Hillary during that same interview in which she has the balls to say that the Iraqi’s listen to every word out of her mouth and THAT is the reason for the success of the Surge:

MR. RUSSERT: If General Petraeus says, “Senator, in September you called the surge the suspension of belief. It has worked, and you know it’s worked”–let me finish–“you can see on the ground. I’m saying to you, Senator, or president-elect Clinton, don’t destroy Iraq. It’s working, the surge is working. Keep troops there just a few more months to get this reconciliation complete.”

SEN. CLINTON: Tim, I’m going to go back to what the whole point of the surge was, and the testimony that we heard last fall. The point of the surge was to push the Iraqi government to make these tough choices. Now, if we put in 30,000 of our finest young men and women, who are going to go after the bad guys and quell violence in certain parts of Iraq, there’s no doubt that can be done. The partnerships that have been created by the tribal sheiks in Anbar province and elsewhere gave us an extra advantage. But that doesn’t in any way undermine the basic reality. The point of the surge was to quickly move the Iraqi government and Iraqi people. That is only now beginning to happen, and I believe in large measure because the Iraqi government, they watch us, they listen to us. I know very well that they follow everything that I say. And my commitment to begin withdrawing our troops in January of 2009 is a big factor, as it is with Senator Obama, Senator Edwards, those of us on the Democratic side. It is a big factor in pushing the Iraqi government to finally do what they should have been doing all along.

There’s no doubt that can be done? Oh really?

Hillary in July of 2007:

But look at what decisions he’s making. He’s taking troops away from Afghanistan, where I think we need to be putting more troops, and sending them to Iraq on a mission that I think has a very limited, if any, chance for success.

Gotta love that re-writing of history. She had doubts, in fact she didn’t believe it would work. But now it’s a different story. The blatant dishonesty in her (and Obama’s) attempts to take credit for the Surge is disgusting.

But par for the course from the Democrats.

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