Last night President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office about the end of major combat operations in Iraq.
He pointed to his campaign promise to bring Operation Iraqi Freedom to an end…and then he went into why we’ve still got 50,000 troops on the ground.
"Our combat mission is ending," he said, "but our commitment to Iraq's future is not."
President Obama spoke of our troops' service and specifically mentioned the need to repair our economy so that returning troops can get jobs.
He served up some kind words to President Bush…which triggered an automatic knee jerk from the freakishly tan and florid about the neck area House Minority Leader John Boehner, who fussed about Obama’s failure to praise Bush for the success of the troop surge.
President Obama spoke about the need for Iraqis to take the lead militarily and politically ‘cause America is gonna turn the page.
Now here’s the thing…the more than slightly disturbing but real as hell thing that keeps dancing a tap dance in my mind.
President Bush defined why we went to war in Iraq…to proactively prevent Iraq’s use of weapons of mass destruction against America.
There were supposed to be weapons of mass destruction stored at multiple locations in Iraq.
America went to war.
There were no weapons of mass destruction.
And now some people are trying to score political points over whether the troop surge (damn near a decade into this shit) worked and who gets credit…
…while other people, including the President, want to turn the page and move forward without a proper examination of the who, what, when and why behind this war.
Well, I call bullshit on both.
When you take a shit in the middle of the room and then smear that shit all over the floor and walls, you don’t get to take credit for putting together a kick ass clean up plan.
And we shouldn’t turn the page on a damn thing until we’ve read, understand and learn from what is written on that motherfucking page…cause this is the mind of major combat mission we should never indulge in again and history is littered with the stories of nations that failed to learn a damn thing from the fubar they created.
But obviously we need to talk about the important shit first...like the decorating changes in the Oval Office.