Today President Obama went to Camp Lejeune and gave a speech about Iraq. He spoke of the improved security situation, the country's sovereignty, and a slower withdrawal of American troops (which made Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer go bananas.)
The speech was relatively lengthy, but he apparently could not find the time to discuss some vital points. He did not mention how he opposed the war from "the beginning," a statement we heard incessantly during the campaign and a position that got him the Democratic nomination. He did not mention the establishment of a functioning democracy there and the strategic value to the United States of having a representative government operating in the heart of the Middle East. He did not mention the effect Iraq's nascent democracy is having on nations in the region, who are starting their own gradual democratic reforms, from Saudi Arabia to Egypt. He did not recognize the courage of his predecessor in seeing the U.S. engagement through to the kind of success we see there today.
On the contrary, The Bama opposed the surge that made the success he now inherits possible.
Every time he speaks about the economy, he slams President Bush by complaining about "the deficit I have inherited."
You will never, however, hear him compliment President Bush by citing the success in Iraq that he has inherited.
Because in order to do so, the man must have character.
Still waiting to see it.