Congressman Obey RE surge: violence down because ‘We’ve run out of people to kill’
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What the heck is this guy thinking? Just when you dont think things couldnt get loonier in our Congress from members seeking to defeat our men and women in battle, it does.
Today's outbreak comes from Congressman Obey (D-Wisc) who is chairman of the appropriations committee and holds the purse strings to any funding bill which comes through the House of Representatives. He is also the individual who sought to hide ear marks from the public eye. But I digress.
Read on . . .
Someone asked him today what he thought of Republican claims that the surge was the reason behind the dropping casualties in Iraq. He responded “They’ve killed so many in so many areas, that there are fewer opportunity targets, if you want to put it that way, for each side,” Obey said. “I welcome any reduction in the level in violence for whatever reasons it occurs, but I don’t think that tells us much for what the future is going to be.”
Now I give Congressman Obey props for observing the reality of what goes on in war. One does not know what the future will be. No plan survives contact with the enemy.
To say, though, that the reason behind the drop in casualties is because "we've run out of people to kill" is just mind blowingly tragic.
Not only does it take away from the hard fought success of our men and women, but it devalues the political gains which are occurring on the ground in Iraq. Trust me here, there are political gains being made, its just not the type Congressman Obey and Democrats want to acknowlege.
Instead of working from top down, Petreaus and our armed forces are working from bottom up - gaining the trust of tribal elders and shieks. The difference is dramatic and is the reason why Al Qeada and insurgents are being routed.
Will the plan work long term? Who knows for sure, but I hear that by spring time we will know one way or the other. Of course that is provided that Congress buck up and provide our men and women what they need to win.
It is not because "We've run out of people to kill."