Nancy Pelosi thanks, in part, “the goodwill of the Iranians” for the surge’s success

… and demonstrates once again why Democrats can’t be trusted to lead in the Global War on Terror:

Well, the purpose of the surge was to provide a secure space, a time for the political change to occur to accomplish the reconciliation. That didn’t happen. Whatever the military success, and progress that may have been made, the surge didn’t accomplish its goal. And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians-they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities-the Iranians.

Transcript via Commentary Magazine’s Abe Greenwald, who blasts Pelosi soundly:

This is an inexcusable slander. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki brought the Sadrists militias to their knees in a month-long battle that enabled Iraq’s largest Sunni bloc to rejoin the government. Furthermore, when Pelosi met with Prime Minister al-Maliki in Mosul she sang quite a different tune. She had “welcomed Iraq’s progress in passing a budget as well as oil legislation, and a bill paving the way for the provincial elections in the fall that are expected to more equitably redistribute power among local officials” and stated, “We’re assured the elections will happen here, they will be transparent, they will be inclusive and they will take Iraq closer to the reconciliation we all want it to have.”

Discounting the success of the American military, denying the accomplishments of U.S. allies, and giving the credit to our most dangerous enemies seems like an especially productive week for a Democrat on Capitol Hill. After Nancy Pelosi’s post-Iraq hat trick, there’s really no need for Barack Obama to make this trip after all.

Lawhawk blasts off as well:

Iran continues to try and subvert the Iraqi government and has its thugs and terrorists trying to kill Iraqis and Americans on a daily basis to this day. There are frequent reports of Iranians killed or captured trying to attack Iraqis or Americans. Iranian weaponry and equipment is responsible for killing Americans.

Yet Pelosi has the audacity to give credit to the Iranians for all the hard work done by the Iraqis and the US-led coalition in Iraq? Unbelievable. Just when you think that Pelosi’s grasp on facts can’t be any worse, she goes out and surprises.

The final word, from Michael Goldfarb:

Just two months ago, Pelosi said, “I hope we don’t hear any glorification of what happened in Basra.” It seems she was only talking about glorifying the role of the U.S. military and our Iraqi allies, who were in fact victorious. Apparently glorification of the enemy is still allowed.

Bbbbut they support the troops.


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