It was our last chance—and the only option—to turn around the security environment. That’s why I and my fellow Republicans stood on principle and supported the new strategy in Iraq, fortified by a surge of U.S. troops.As usual, Democrats in Washington are expecting all of us here in Flyover Country to forget all of the soundbites that they tried so hard for us to hear back in 2007.
Not everyone was convinced, however. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) claimed that the strategy had failed just weeks after it had begun. Her views were echoed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), who declared in April 2007 that “this war is lost.”
Then-Sen. Barack Obama, who campaigned on his opposition to the Iraq war, flatly declared that the troop surge would not work: “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”
I’m sure glad our troops proved them wrong. And I’m sure glad President Obama didn’t listen to Sen. Obama.
Don't let that happen. The brave men and women who went over there to fight for our country deserve more. Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives certainly deserve more.
This isn't about delivering hits to a political punching bag, but rather about remembering that this fight was important and that there were those who did not want to believe that our armed forces could win there or in Afghanistan.
And let us not forget the families of our servicemen and women either. Their courage and tenacity is the strength from which our armed forces draw their resolve. And it is with that determination that makes our country the greatest in the world and the beacon for freedom and liberty that shines upon the whole world so that those who live in fear and oppression may see the light and be encouraged by its warmth.
While Team Obama, and their friends in the Democratic Congress, continues seeking credit for “ending the combat mission” in Iraq, we have to remember that this was made possible by The Surge that Obama and Biden both opposed. let us not forget that it was our troops who have served so courageously in Iraq that deserve the credit for the success of the surge and, along with the Iraqi people, the turnaround in Iraq.
God Bless our Troops, Their Families... And God Bless America.