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HUNTER: Presidentís phony Iraq claim not up for debate Voted against war-ending surge
Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | By Duncan L. Hunter

Posted on 10/24/2012 7:34:54 PM PDT by Snuph

I ended the war in Iraq” is now a standard claim by President Obama. He makes the assertion in every debate and public appearance.

The claim is wrong. It’s phony, and it’s made by a politician who tried relentlessly to block America’s most successful strategic operation of the war: the “surge.” On Feb. 5, 2007, and a few weeks later on Feb. 17, Sen. Obama voted against the surge.

Among military analysts and historians, the surge of 20,000 additional troops into Iraq during the spring of 2007 is credited with reducing attacks on American troops and sectarian violence by 70 percent. The surge stabilized Baghdad and gave breathing room to the fledgling government of Iraq. Moreover, behind the security shield of the surge, schools and businesses reopened and neighborhoods began to function.

The surge worked despite the dire predictions of Mr. Obama, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton when they voted against it.

The surge was first announced by President Bush on Jan. 10, 2007. Having lost his majority in Congress in the November 2006 electoral drubbing and with his approval rating bouncing along the floor, Mr. Bush was expected to throw in the towel on Iraq. Instead, he announced the “surging” of five brigades to Iraq. These 20,000 additional troops, deployed at the rate of one brigade per month from February to June 2007, were intended to bring security to Baghdad where Shiite and Sunni militias had turned the neighborhoods into no man’s land. When Mr. Bush announced the surge, liberals were incensed. Mr. Biden rushed to the Senate floor and offered Senate Resolution No. 2 disapproving of the surge strategy. Mr. Obama, Mr. Biden and Mrs. Clinton voted twice against the surge

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1 posted on 10/24/2012 7:34:57 PM PDT by Snuph
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To: Snuph

Jug Ears Lies. Pope Catholic. Bear Woods.


2 posted on 10/24/2012 7:46:07 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Snuph
Hunter Sr. would be a superb choice for Secretary of the Army or even SecDef.
3 posted on 10/24/2012 8:11:45 PM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: Snuph
Apr-May2003; June 2004-Dec 2004; Sep 2006-May 2007; Oct 2007 -May 2008.........first hand account - the surge worked.

The surge helped end the war. Starting in about mid-January 2007 more elements began to move into Ar Ramadi, Al Anbar Province. By late February 2007, people began to flock back to the city. When I returned in October 2007, I got stuck in my first Iraqi traffic jam in a city slammed packed with people.

I also remember (dates run together) when one of the guys out with us remarked that, "Yesterday was the first day since the beginning of the war there wasn't a single attack in the city; we'd been averaging 30 a day."

4 posted on 10/24/2012 8:12:01 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Why do cops have more lenient ROEs when facing us than troops in combat facing suicidal islamists?)
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To: Snuph

That was well known. And now the Al Quida swine is engaged in having the US stay in Iraq indefinitely.

Wonder how many tens of thousand Americans he’ll be allowed to kill, with the help of Anericans who’ll do anything to keep Romney from winning.


5 posted on 10/24/2012 8:37:25 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Hardraade

If I am nor mistaken, we still have a good many troops in Iraq. Hillary’s army. They are not called soldiers however. I cannot seem to remember the tag they put on them to imply they were not soldiers. I know my cousin just got back from there in April or May.


6 posted on 10/24/2012 8:42:32 PM PDT by Snuph ("give me Liberty...")
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To: Snuph

Duncan Hunter is right on with this. Odumbo wants to take credit for the end of the war when he fought everything that caused its ending.


7 posted on 10/24/2012 9:21:36 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: Snuph
Still spinning.


8 posted on 10/24/2012 10:29:57 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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