So last night I was minding my own business, reading the internet when I came across VoteVets’ Chris LeJeune’s piece on “President Obama’s Speech To The DAV“. I thought it’d be interesting and I wouldn’t have to read the whole speech. But it wasn’t interesting. It was another POS Bush hit-piece. He begins by quoting part of the Obama speech;
Under an agreement negotiated in 2008 with the Iraqis, all American troops are to be gone from Iraq by the end of next year.
Then he sorta screws it up by typing his own words;
I wanted to highlight that last sentence for a reason. It is important to note that the pace of the withdrawal, number of troops to be withdrawn, and dates of withdrawal, were all worked out between the Iraqi government and the Bush administration in 2008. The troops and their leadership have since done a wonderful job in carrying out the tasks needed for this transition. This is not to say that our current Commander-in-Chief has not had a heavy role to play as well. Although the details of the withdrawal were worked out before Obama became president, many high-level leaders were worrying as to whether the agreement would even be honored.
Yes, Obama has had a “heavy role” in Iraq by completely ignoring it and hoping everything works out. When was the last time he was there? April 7, 2009. The time before that? June 2008, during the campaign when we shamed him into going. Yeah, heavily involved.
“Before, the Iraqis were thinking that if they sign the pact, there will be no respect for the schedule of troop withdrawal by Dec. 31, 2011,” said Hadi al-Ameri, a powerful member of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, a major Shiite party. “If Republicans were still there, there would be no respect for this timetable. This is a positive step to have the same theory about the timetable as Mr. Obama.”
Yes. quoting an Iraqi politician on American politics. That’s convincing.
The Bush Administration negotiated the withdrawal AFTER the surge…you know, the surge that Jon Soltz called a failure along with Harry Reid. The Bush Administration didn’t submit to a timetable until conditions in Iraq made a timetable a rational choice.
I understand that LeJeune has a need to elevate his piss-poor performer president to waist level, but using the Iraq war to do it is pretty sorry. Especially as long as the internet is up and running what with all those cache files and archives hanging around.
Update: Here’s LeJeune’s response which is totally off topic because apparently he doesn’t have anything to say about being a bald-faced liar;
Let the record show that I have never called LeJeune a “fucking idiot” although ample evidence exists to support that contention. Nor have I threatened him. And I’ve never used my PTSD or any other illness as an excuse to physically assault anyone.
I don’t think that threatening someone with a PTSD episode is especially helpful in getting treatment for the folks who really need it. In fact, I think the actual diagnosis of LeJeune’s PTSD can be called into question since he pulls it out so quickly like a loaded revolver.