Obama accused Bush of “tinkering around the edges” and “kicking the can down the road to the next president” with his plans to remove 8,000 US troops from Iraq in the coming months and send 4,500 to Afghanistan by January.
“At this point what it appears is that the next president will inherit a status quo that is still unstable,” Obama said, adding that his Republican White House rival John McCain was bent on the same course as Bush.
The Illinois senator said that on Afghanistan, he was “glad that the president is moving in the direction of the policy that I have advocated for years.”
But he added: “His plan comes up short — it is not enough troops, and not enough resources, with not enough urgency.
“What President Bush and Senator McCain don’t understand is that the central front in the war on terror is not in Iraq, and it never was — the central front is in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the terrorists who hit us on 9/11 are still plotting attacks seven years later,” Obama said.
“Now, the choice for the American people could not be clearer. has been talking a lot about change, but he’s running for four more years of the same foreign policy that we’ve had under .
“Senator McCain will continue the overwhelming focus on Iraq that has taken our eye off of the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11,” Obama said.
“It’s time to change our foreign policy,” he said.
“Because seven years after 9/11, we are still fighting a war without end in Iraq and we still haven’t taken out the terrorists responsible for 9/11. We heard no explanation for why (Al-Qaeda leader) Osama bin Laden is still at large, because that’s where George Bush and John McCain’s judgment has gotten us.”
Ouch. John McCain and George Bush will be feeling that one for a while.
We all know that there’s a lot at stake in this election.
And let’s face it, America’s security and defense are threatened right now, and the Bush-McCain policies of the past few years have allowed that to happen. Their policies have left our military overstretched and weakened; they have taken our precious resources away from fighting terrorism and dumped them into Iraq; they have taken America’s focus off of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see that Bush is finally sending more troops to Afghanistan; then again, Barack Obama has been saying we should do that for years. If Obama were President, we would have already sent more troops to Afghanistan and we’d be well on our way to securing that country. We’d also be on our way to securing the federally-administered tribal areas of Pakistan, where some terrorist groups are currently operating out of.
The truth is that on Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Barack Obama was right and John McCain and George Bush were wrong. If Obama were President these past eight years, our country would be far, far better off than it is right now.