Truth from Power

Remember when he was the anti-war candidate?
President Obama will announce plans today to withdraw the bulk of the current 142,000 U.S. troops in Iraq by Aug. 31 of 2010, leaving 35,000 to 50,000 in place until the end of 2011, senior administration officials said yesterday.
At a time of great intensity and concern over the outcome in Iraq, Obama the candidate didn't hesitate to promise blind withdrawal over 16 months.
Officials said that both the 19-month deadline for withdrawing "combat" forces, and the size of the residual force to remain for an additional 16 months, were recommended by Obama's senior civilian and military advisers as the best way to manage the exit he has pledged without jeopardizing Iraq's still-fragile security.
Now, after the huge success of the surge, he is proposing a three year withdrawal, leaving some liberal members of congress openly questioning what happened, while more responsible members of congress are feeling thankful that the President was just kidding back when he posed as an anti-war guy.
Most lawmakers left the White House quickly after the briefing. Few issued statements, and what praise there was came largely from Republicans. Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.) said he "supports the plan to leave 50,000 troops in Iraq as briefed by [chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff] Admiral [Michael] Mullen and [Defense] Secretary [Robert M.] Gates."
50,000 troops assures that we'll be able to continue making Iraq succeed - something that candidate Obama didn't think was important. Nostalgia: Remember when Samantha Power got fired as the candidate Obama's top foreign policy advisor for telling us the truth about his Iraq lie?