Pres. Obama is a known opponent of the Iraq War. Almost exactly a year ago, he promised to end the Iraq War in 2009. Over the course of the campaign, he said it was time to bring our troops home. It’s not like he really needed it, but I’m sure such sentiment helped him win 52% (which is not a landslide, whatever they tell you) of the war-weary American public’s vote. Well, Obama seems to be fulfilling his promise to get troops out of Iraq. But he’s not exactly bringing them home. 12000 troops—4000 soldiers and 8000 Marines—are “remissioning” from Iraq to Afghanistan.
Now, the fact that we can get troops out of Iraq is great. But shifting them around to Afghanistan isn’t what the Blessed Obama promised. And if we’re sending in the Army and Marines, it means combat’s probably heating up in Afghanistan. Those two branches, particularly the Marines, do the heavy and dirty fighting (just ask them). Obama promised to end the Iraq War. But he never said anything about moving troops around from one battlefield to another. Is this the change St. Obama promised? I don’t think so. One thing’s for sure though: Obama will have a much easier time getting this through the press than Bush ever had with Iraq.