So, I’m not quite as optimistic as the rest of the world when it comes to Obama. But I am willing to consider I may be wrong, that Obama may really be a different kind of President.
Luckily for all of us, we have a standard we can track. Obama has pledged to remove all US troops, save a residual force tasked with hunting Al Qaeda, protecting US personnel, and training Iraqi security forces, from Iraq within 16 months of taking office. Here’s his exact language:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. Immediately upon taking office, Obama will give his Secretary of Defense and military commanders a new mission in Iraq: ending the war. The removal of our troops will be responsible and phased, directed by military commanders on the ground and done in consultation with the Iraqi government. Military experts believe we can safely redeploy combat brigades from Iraq at a pace of 1 to 2 brigades a month that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 – more than 7 years after the war began.
Under the Obama-Biden plan, a residual force will remain in Iraq and in the region to conduct targeted counter-terrorism missions against al Qaeda in Iraq and to protect American diplomatic and civilian personnel. They will not build permanent bases in Iraq, but will continue efforts to train and support the Iraqi security forces as long as Iraqi leaders move toward political reconciliation and away from sectarianism.
That’s not an ideal solution, of course, not even a very good one, but it is preferable to John McCain’s eternal war plan.
So, here’s my deal: if Obama does so, I’ll apologize to all you Obamaniacs, and admit he is, if nothing else, an actual lesser of two evils.
However, if he does not, I would like a similar admission from you: that he’s the same old sack of shit, slightly dressed up in a new suit, more than willing to kill kids for oil.
It seems fair to me. All I’m asking is that Mr. Obama honor his word.