Barack Obama: War In Iraq

If you didn't know, the Fox News channel is pro-republican/right wing news media. CNN is pro-democratic/left wing news media. This first video clip is from various speeches given by Barack Obama about his opposition about the War in Iraq before it even started.

This video is part 1 of Barack Obama's first time exclusive interview on the O'Reilly Factor. Obama agrees now that the surge on Iraq has been successful, but will not admit that he was wrong.

From the July 7, 2008 The New Yorker "Obama's Iraq Problem" George Packer reports: "In February, 2007, when Barack Obama declared that he was running for President, violence in Iraq had reached apocalyptic levels, and he based his candidacy, in part, on a bold promise to begin a rapid withdrawal of American forces upon taking office. At the time, this pledge represented conventional thinking among Democrats and was guaranteed to play well with primary voters. But in the year and a half since then two improbable, though not unforeseeable, events have occurred: Obama has won the Democratic nomination, and Iraq, despite myriad crises, has begun to stabilize. With the general election four months away, Obama’s rhetoric on the topic now seems outdated and out of touch, and the nominee-apparent may have a political problem concerning the very issue that did so much to bring him this far." (Click here for source.)

From a March 19, 2008 speech in Fayetteville, North Caroline Barack Obama had this to say about the War in Iraq: “Here is the truth: fighting a war without end will not force the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future. And fighting in a war without end will not make the American people safer. So when I am Commander-in-Chief, I will set a new goal on day one: I will end this war. Not because politics compels it. Not because our troops cannot bear the burden- as heavy as it is. But because it is the right thing to do for our national security, and it will ultimately make us safer.” (Click here for source.)

I think America has forgotten how they felt on September 11, 2001 when our nation stood still when our own airplanes were turned into weapons that destroyed the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City and attempted attack on our nation's capitol. This single event was what led President Bush's call to Congress for an official declaration of war on terrorism. When addressing the nation that America was in the beginning phases of the war in Iraq he said, "I want Americans and all the world to know...a campaign on the harsh terrain on a nation as large as California can be longer and more difficult than some predict. And helping Iraqis achieve a united and stable and free country will require our sustained commitment." What would happen if another major attack happened tomorrow on our country? Is that what it will take for us to remember that this is what we wanted and cheered for when President Bush made the decision. Have you forgotten?

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