Unreal!… Obama Tells Katie Couric the Surge Was a Bad Strategy …Updated With Video

Katie Couric and Barack Obama sparred over the success of the surge in an interview today.
This aired on CBS News tonight.

UPDATE: This was an amazing segment on CBS News. Katie Couric interviewed both Barack Obama and John McCain on the surge.
Obama sounded TOTALLY arrogant and ridiculous!
This Video Is Amazing!

That was an amazing segment! CBS did an excellent job. Congratulations.
This could very well be a turning point in this year’s election!
Obama came off cocky, confused and crazy.
McCain was wonderful- honest, humble and smart.

Here’s more from Barack’s fact fudging mission
OBAMA SAYS THE SURGE WAS A BAD STRATEGY!

Oh really?
How do you suppose he would explain these phenomenal results, then?

Attacks are down to record low levels since the start of the war. (Brookings)
…And, that’s a bad strategy? Explain that one.

Marc Ambinder has the highlights posted from Obama’s interview tonight:

Couric: But talking microcosmically, did the surge, the addition of 30,000 additional troops … help the situation in Iraq?

Obama: Katie, as … you’ve asked me three different times, and I have said repeatedly that there is no doubt that our troops helped to reduce violence. There’s no doubt.

Couric: But yet you’re saying … given what you know now, you still wouldn’t support it … so I’m just trying to understand this.

Obama: Because … it’s pretty straightforward. By us putting $10 billion to $12 billion a month, $200 billion, that’s money that could have gone into Afghanistan. Those additional troops could have gone into Afghanistan. That money also could have been used to shore up a declining economic situation in the United States. That money could have been applied to having a serious energy security plan so that we were reducing our demand on oil, which is helping to fund the insurgents in many countries. So those are all factors that would be taken into consideration in my decision– to deal with a specific tactic or strategy inside of Iraq.

Couric: And I really don’t mean to belabor this, Senator, because I’m really, I’m trying … to figure out your position. Do you think the level of security in Iraq …

Obama: Yes.

Couric … would exist today without the surge?

Obama: Katie, I have no idea what would have happened had we applied my approach, which was to put more pressure on the Iraqis to arrive at a political reconciliation. So this is all hypotheticals. What I can say is that there’s no doubt that our U.S. troops have contributed to a reduction of violence in Iraq. I said that– not just today, not just yesterday, but I’ve said that– previously. What that doesn’t change is that we’ve got to have a different strategic approach if we’re going to make America as safe as possible.

Huh?
So, now Obama says the Bush surge in troops worked but defeating Al-Qaeda and Iran in Iraq was not worth it? And, if Obama believes that his plan of fleeing Iraq during the worst of the violence would have brought peace in Iraq, he is delusional.

Meanwhile, Jake Tapper is reporting on how Obama stole the victory away from the troops in his interview with ABC.
Here is Obama explaining the surge to Terry Moran:

“Well, you were saying that it would not make a significant dent in the violence,” Moran said.

“In the violence in Iraq overall, right,” Obama acknowledged. “So the point that I was making at the time was that the political dynamic was the driving force between that sectarian violence. And we could try to keep a lid on it, but if these underlining dynamic continued to bubble up and explode the way they were, then we would be in a difficult situation. I am glad that in fact those political dynamic shifted at the same time that our troops did outstanding work.”

That must be Barack Obama’s way of saying that he was wrong.

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