We both knew the politically safe choice was to support some form of retreat. All the polls said the "surge" was unpopular. Many pundits, experts and policymakers opposed it and advocated withdrawing our troops and accepting the consequences. I chose to support the new counterinsurgency strategy backed by additional troops -- which I had advocated since 2003, after my first trip to Iraq. Many observers said my position would end my hopes of becoming president. I said I would rather lose a campaign than see America lose a war. My choice was not smart politics. It didn't test well in focus groups. It ignored all the polls. It also didn't matter. The country I love had one final chance to succeed in Iraq. The new strategy was it. So I supported it. Today, the effects of the new strategy are obvious. The surge has succeeded, and we are, at long last, finally winning this war.
John McCain said back then that he would rather lose a election than lose the war. he was the chief proponent of the surge that has created such amazing success in the last year. He fought members of his own party, he ignored the polls, he stood up and was very vocal about what he thought it could accomplish and he was proven right as even the Democrats are unable to continue claiming the surge failed.
A surge they fought tooth and nail.
Senator Obama made a different choice. He not only opposed the new strategy, but actually tried to prevent us from implementing it. He didn't just advocate defeat, he tried to legislate it. When his efforts failed, he continued to predict the failure of our troops. As our soldiers and Marines prepared to move into Baghdad neighborhoods and Anbari villages, Senator Obama predicted that their efforts would make the sectarian violence in Iraq worse, not better.
And as our troops took the fight to the enemy, Senator Obama tried to cut off funding for them. He was one of only 14 senators to vote against the emergency funding in May 2007 that supported our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...
Read the rest at Powerline..
The bottom line here is John McCain knew what it would take to win and Obama knew what it would take to lose.
Both men fought for their positions and McCain was proven right in a spectacular manner and Obama was proven wrong, time and time again.
A little reminder of Obama's stated positions...on multiple occasions.
It is 7 minutes and it is found at YouTube here.
People need to remember Obama's words, all of them, when he said them, what he said and how he tried to bring about defeat for our country.
Is it any wonder that 53 percent of the American public believe that John McCain would be "better" as Commander in Chief? Only 25 percent say that about Obama.