And soon the Iraq War will end entirely.

Friday, October 21st, 2011 @ 6:26 pm | Barack Obama, Iraq

It’s kind of amazing to type that, really. 2003’s bitter wounds, as that war began over our fierce objections, had seemed now to be closed, if somewhat licked from time to time. A war that just kept kicking along forever until we turned it away from our focus, letting it drone on beneath our consciousness. A quagmire that seemed to offer no way out except for a leader to have the courage to walk away from it. To see it truly ending demands a post-mortem, and to give one we must remember.

Sullivan applies this to assessing Obama’s role:

We sometimes forget that he began as an anti-war candidate when the Great Recession was a twinkle in a credit default swap trader’s eye. And when I hear people whining about his betrayals or their disappointments, I just hope they note that against great odds, the Iraq war is over without our running for cover. Given the core contradiction of the conflict and the bungling of the occupation: not so shabby. Given his core reason for running for president, mission accomplished.

Some forgot that Obama had the edge over Hillary Clinton in 2008 because he had had the courage to stand up against the Iraq War before it was politically advantageous to do so. So this really is a full circle, one that vindicates and redeems, regardless of whatever Clinton or even McCain would have theoretically done. We chose him to end the war, and he ended the war. Sure, the Iraqis had to say no to offers of more troops, but at least Obama listened and will stick by the terms of the contract with the Iraqi people.

Let’s see the same in Afghanistan, sooner rather than later, although realistically I don’t expect it until Obama’s second term.


9 Responses to “And soon the Iraq War will end entirely.”

  1. Dana Says:

    If you don’t expect it until Obama’s second term, then you’ll never see it! 🙂

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Dana makes a promise of never-ending war, unawares?

  3. Thomas Tallis Says:

    If you don’t expect it until Obama’s second term, then you’ll never see it!

    Good one, D – I take it you haven’t watched any of these train-wreck debates the GOP’s been having. A real candidate might have given him some trouble. The crop you’ve got looks like it grew in a drought year.

  4. Henry Whistler Says:

    Last I read, Dana was a Rick Perry fan. After all these years of defending people like Bush, Cheney, and Sarah Palin, Dana figures he can carry water for any idiot, crook, or combination of the two. As long as they have an R next to their name, anyway.

  5. Thomas Tallis Says:

    No way. Not buyin’ it. Dana, whatever his politics, is a smart enough dude. If Rick Perry’s brain were cotton you couldn’t fit it around the business end of a Q-tip.

  6. Henry Whistler Says:

    You underestimate Dana’s cynicism. He’ll gleefully sail below your expectations if it serves Team Republican. I don’t know if he’s said much about Rick Perry recently, but Dana’s Obama hatred knows few boundaries. Nobody who deliberately advocated holding the debt ceiling hostage and then turned around and blamed the fallout on Obama for not bending over and personally blowing John Boehner can have expectations made of them.

    UPDATE: Direct Dana quote: “As regular readers know, I’m supporting Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) for President. He’s smart…”

  7. Henry Whistler Says:

    Further context: Dana wanted Dick Cheney to run in 2008, and rates George W. Bush the second best president of his lifetime (and Dana’s not a young man).

    So you have the relentless cynicism combined with a political philosophy so screwed up that no matter what kind of stupid word salad Rick Perry mumbles, Dana identifies with Perry and what he says because he thinks Perry is a Real American. And has he mentioned Obama’s middle name is Hussein lately?

    Dana would still campaign for Romney, but Perry would actually give him a woody, possibly more than any other candidate. After this Hermanator game wears off, who do you think they’ll rally around?

  8. Thomas Tallis Says:

    man that’s disappointing – “Rick Perry” and “smart” don’t even belong on the same page.

  9. Henry Whistler Says:

    Looks like Perry is high, drunk, or both. His numbers say he’s toast, and if he survives the primaries it’ll be as big a gift to Obama as Cain, insuring a second term for Obama.