Opinion: Iraq Troop Withdrawal Can't be Claimed as Obama Win
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 12:00 AM
It takes an amazing amount of contorting to be an Obama supporter.
You had to believe him when he said, in September of 2007, that we should remove our troops from Iraq "not in six months or one year - now."
You have to support him when, in July of 2008, he amends the "now" date to sixteen months after he takes office.
You have to forgive him when the sixteenth month of his presidency passes with troops still in Iraq and no end in sight, despite having run his presidential campaign on the issue of ending the Iraq war.
You have to cheer him when he finally says that troops will be out of Iraq completely by December 2011 and pretend the president has kept his promises.
You must applaud that we went into Libya as a "coalition" of many countries, yet give all credit for the killing of Gadhafi to Barack Obama. You must believe when Obama said seven months ago that our non-war in Libya would take "days, not weeks" and not make mention of the fact that even today it is far from over. You must oppose targeted killings in general but shrug when the president approves a drone-killing of an American citizen.
It sounds like a lot of work, and it is, because these are just a scratch on the surface of broken promises made by our president. When called on any of these unkept promises the president will say "as I've said before" though he has never said it before or "let me be clear" when his clarity is not in question. Before long, especially with the upcoming campaign season, a new promise is made and the circle begins again. This time there are no slogans about Hope and Change perhaps because even Barack Obama supporters have limits as to what they will believe in.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.