It's all about BO! It's all about keeping a campaign promise!
In reality, it's all about getting the disillusioned "yes we can" screamers to blindly scream again!
The "yes we can" screamers have a bad case of the blues in 2010. (RR has Republicans up by 8 in the latest generic poll)
First, what's happening in Iraq?
We are withdrawing a portion of our troops, as negotiated by Pres Bush and the Iraq government.
We are leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq, or more than we have in South Korea!
Pres BO keeps saying that the combat mission is over.
Yes it is!
It is over because Pres Bush's policies, i.e. the surge, gave our troops the time and strength to turn the country around.
So how can Pres BO give a radio talk and treat this like the fulfillment of a campaign promise?
Here is the problem: The left is furious because GITMO is still open and immigration reform is just another "hope and change" blowing in the wind.
And let's remember that the left will explode when Pres BO breaks another promise and extends the Bush tax cuts!
It would have been a lot more presidential if Pres BO had avoided the partisan crap ("me, me and me") and spoken like a commander in chief in tune with world risks.
I guess that it's only a matter before Pres BO takes credit for ending World War 2!
P.S. Pres BO needs to be careful that he doesn't "oversell" the Iraq withdrawal as he has oversold just about everything else, such as that stimulus and that BO-Care would actually reduce costs!
In many ways, our Iraq mission is just beginning! Check out Noah Feldman:
" The reduction of American forces in Iraq to 50,000 is thus good news—but not because it is a step closer to complete withdrawal.
In the coming year, the Iraqi government (once it is formed) is likely to ask the U.S. to keep some significant number of troops in the country after the pullout date of summer 2011.
If so, President Obama may well agree, because it is just about the only way to avoid a resurgence of civil war and continue Iraq's tenuous progress toward consolidating democracy.
As in South Korea—where nearly 30,000 U.S. troops remain today, almost 60 years after the war ended—patience may pay off.
Then there is the ethical side of the issue: If the elected Iraqi government asks for help, the U.S. owes it to them to continue its commitment."
Check out my comments about Iraq: