Barack Obama's Plan for Troop Withdrawal Gains Support Amongst GOP by Not Being Plan for Troop Withdrawal
Hey look! President Obama finally managed to bring Republicans around on the whole "pulling troops out of Iraq" thing!
And all he had to do was decide to not actually pull troops out of Iraq…
The reaction of Capitol Hill lawmakers to President Obama's Iraq troop drawdown speech today has been rather mixed. Interestingly, the President seems to be drawing strong support from Republicans, while Democratic reaction has mostly been mixed, with general support for the drawdown but caution or outright criticism of the fact that as many as 50,000 troops will remain after August 2010.
Only 50,000 American troops are gonna remain in Iraq after we withdraw American troops from Iraq?! Wow, that's only 50,000 more American troops than were in Iraq before we illegally invaded their country!
John McCain: "The American people should be clear: the President's plan, even after the end of its withdrawal timeline is reached, will leave in place up to 50,000 U.S. troops. All will be in harm's way, and some will continue to conduct combat operations. They will play a vital role in consolidating and extending the remarkable progress our military has made since early 2007. That is why I believe that the administration should aim to keep the full complement – 50,000, as briefed by Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen – and not succumb to pressures, political or otherwise, to make deeper or faster cuts in our force levels."
I don't know about you, but I'd be pretty pissed off right now if I were John McCain, screaming "What the fuck?! Isn't that what I said I was gonna do?!"
Yes, it is, Senator McCain. But you're old and weird-looking.
Tags: Barack Obama, Iraq, John McCain