The Obama Administration Is Now Lying About Its Support For The Iraq Surge

As President Obama prepares to go on TV tonight and attempt to lay claim to the Bush Administration’s victory in Iraq, Robert Gibbs is hitting the airwaves to spread falsehoods about Obama’s prior support for the war effort.  In particular, Gibbs had this to say on the Today show:

What is certainly not up for question is that President Obama, then-candidate Obama, said that adding those 20,000 troops into Iraq would, indeed, improve the security situation, and it did.

Writing at Commentary Contentions, Peter Wehner proves that this statement is a lie.  On the very night that President Bush’s announced the surge that broke the back of the insurgency in Iraq, then-Senator Obama made the following statement: “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq are going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.” 

Gibbs’ claim to the contrary is not a shading of the truth. It is not a careful parsing of words to imply something that maybe is not exactly true.  The statement is an outright lie. 

In an important essay, also at Commentary, Wehner goes on to catalog statements by liberal surge opponents in Congress and the media, including then-Senators Clinton and Biden, Senator Kerry, and various columnists at the NYT and WaPo.  Do read the whole thing.  The mendacity and political gamesmanship during a time of war is staggering when looking at it in the rearview mirror. 

Like the victory in the Cold War, liberals are in the process of trying to re-write history to claim that the Iraq war victory was won in large part because of them, when both wars were won despite liberals’ vociferous and often nasty opposition to the policies and the policy-makers responsible for winning them.

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