WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Republican National
Committee (RNC) Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan released the following
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"Barack Obama has no credibility discussing the future of Iraq. He was
wrong to oppose the surge and now he is wrong to not follow the advice of
our commanders on the ground. Obama's withdrawal plan ignores the improving
facts and exposes his failure to visit the country since the surge began.
Obama's position is based on an uninformed ideology -- not our troops'
progress over the 885 days since he last visited."
Obama Has Not Been To Iraq In 885 Days:
Obama Has Not Been To Iraq In 885 Days. (GOP Website, www.gop.com,
In January 2006, Obama Took His Second Trip As A Senator To Qatar,
Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Israel And The Palestinian Territories. "Obama's
second trip abroad as a U.S. senator starts in Qatar and, in addition to
Iraq, will include stops in Kuwait, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian
territories, according to a statement from his Washington office." ("Obama
To Visit Middle East, Including Iraq," The Associated Press, 1/4/06)
Obama's First Day In Iraq Was January 7, 2006. "Anti-war U.S. Sen.
Barack Obama's first day in Iraq did nothing to change his view that if the
country's various factions can't achieve political peace, no amount of U.S.
involvement will bring stability. 'If we don't see significant political
progress ... over the next six months or so, we can pour money and troops
in here until the cows come home, but we're not going to be successful,'
Obama told reporters in a Saturday [January 7, 2006] conference call."
(Eric Krol, "Obama: 'Everything's Up For Grabs' In Iraq," Chicago Daily
Obama Was In Iraq For Two Days. "Obama, the nation's only black
senator, met with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani on Saturday. He said before his two-day trip to Iraq that he
wanted to ask U.S. commanders what a realistic time frame was for bringing
troops home." (Jason Straziuso, "Obama Says Minorities Must Be More
Involved In Iraq's Government," The Associated Press, 1/7/06)
The Surge Was Announced On January 10, 2007:
On January 10, 2007, President Bush Called For A Surge In Troops Into
Iraq. "President Bush appealed directly to the American people last night
to support a renewed campaign to pacify Iraq, calling for an additional
21,500 U.S. troops to help the beleaguered Iraqi government regain control
of Baghdad while warning that he would not support an 'open-ended' U.S.
commitment." (Michael Abramowitz and Robin Wright, "Bush To Add 21,500
Troops In An Effort to Stabilize Iraq," The Washington Post, 1/11/07)
"Bush Signaled Last Night That He Is Essentially Choosing To Deepen
U.S. Involvement In Iraq, Calculating That Improved Tactics And What He
Hopes Will Be Greater Commitment From The Iraqi Government Will Result In
The Success That Has Eluded The United States." (Michael Abramowitz and
Robin Wright, "Bush To Add 21,500 Troops In An Effort to Stabilize Iraq,"
The Washington Post, 1/11/07)
The Military Has Recently Achieved Notable Progress In Iraq:
"America Is Very Close To Succeeding In Iraq." "America is very close
to succeeding in Iraq. The 'near-strategic defeat' of al Qaeda in Iraq
described by CIA Director Michael Hayden last month in the Washington Post
has been followed by the victory of the Iraqi government's security forces
over illegal Shiite militias, including Iranian-backed Special Groups. The
enemies of Iraq and America now cling desperately to their last bastions,
while the political process builds momentum." (Kimberly Kagan and Frederick
W. Kagan, Op-Ed, "How Prime Minister Maliki Pacified Iraq," The Wall Street
"The Remaining Challenges In Iraq Are Eminently Solvable." "Compared
with the seemingly insurmountable obstacles already overcome, the remaining
challenges in Iraq are eminently solvable -- if we continue to pursue a
determined strategy that builds on success rather than throwing our
accomplishments away. No one in December 2006 could have imagined how far
we would have come in 18 months. Having come this far, we must see this
critical effort through to the end." (Kimberly Kagan and Frederick W.
Kagan, Op-Ed, "How Prime Minister Maliki Pacified Iraq," The Wall Street
Military Officers Have Noted Significant Progress In Iraq. "[T]he
military situation in Iraq has improved so much that normally sober and
pessimistic military and intelligence sorts are simply stunned. 'I would
never have believed that the Iraqi Army could simply walk into Sadr City
and take over without firing a shot,' a military intelligence officer told
me. 'Don't ask me what it means. I have no idea. But peace begets peace --
and we've seen that when Iraqis live in secure neighborhoods, they are much
less tolerant of those who would disturb the peace.'" (Joe Klein, "Progress
In Iraq...And What To Do About It," Time's "Swampland" Blog, www.time.com,
Al Qaeda "Has Been Weakened To The Point Of Defeat" In Iraq. "Daily
attacks continue, but at a fraction of 2006 levels -- indeed, at levels not
seen since before the Sadrist and Falluja rebellions began in April of
2004. Al Qaeda in Iraq still has the capability to ignite the occasional
car bomb, but it has been weakened to the point of defeat. The real estate
market in Baghdad is beginning to blossom. And on a broader front, as
reported in The New Yorker and The New Republic, Al Qaeda's wanton butchery
is facing an intellectual challenge from within its own ranks." (Joe Klein,
"Progress In Iraq...And What To Do About It," Time's "Swampland" Blog,
Levels Of Violence In Iraq Are The Lowest They've Been In Four Years.
"U.S. and Iraqi military officials said violence in Iraq has decreased
significantly in recent weeks to levels not seen in four years...A
significant difference the drop in violence announced Sunday: It came
following concerted efforts by Iraqi security forces backed up by American
and allied firepower -- not the other way around, as has been mostly the
case in the five-year Iraq war." (Gina Chon, "Violence In Iraq Reaches
4-Year Low, Military Says," The Wall Street Journal, 5/26/08)
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