The Great Betrayal: Obama’s Wars and the War in Iraq

Daniel Greenfield’s new Freedom Center pamphlet, The Great Betrayal: Obama’s Wars and the War in Iraq, is an effort to understand the politics of the “war on terror” which has now reached a final punctuation point with the U.S. decision to speed its withdrawal from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan (where success was once deemed so crucial to national security), and to practice an incoherent form of regime change in Libya while ignoring more serious threats in Syria and Iran.

The war on terror began, Greenfield shows, as an admirable bipartisan commitment soon after the tragedy of 9/11—an effort to transcend party lines not only to punish those who attacked our country but also to interrupt planning for further attacks and try to stop the international spread of the Islamic jihad behind the attacks. But the Democratic Party, with the honorable exception of a few individuals like Richard Gephardt and Joe Lieberman, turned its back on a war soon after authorizing it, and did so at a time when American troops were facing hostile enemy fire.

Although Senate Democrats on the intelligence oversight committee had been granted access to every piece of data available to the White House, they now accused President Bush of tricking them to secure their approval. In fact, their own about-face was entirely dictated by political considerations when a Sixties antiwar activist, Howard Dean, surged ahead in the Democratic primary polls and it appeared for a moment that Americans were on the side of retreat and capitulation.

Although regime change in Iraq had been official U.S. policy since Bill Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, Democratic senators such as John Kerry who only months earlier had supported the war effort now launched demoralizing attacks on the American commander-in-chief and his troops in the field, stigmatizing it as “the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time.” If the truth was the first casualty of their war against the Bush administration, the second casualty was the principle of bi-partisanship that had guided foreign policy debates throughout the Cold War, the principle that “politics stops at the water’s edge.” Now partisan politics trumped security.

The unrestrained attacks on the Iraq War as illegal and unjustified went largely unanswered by Republicans who failed to call the Democratic saboteurs of the nation’s war effort to account or to decry the risk their cynical attacks posed to American servicemen and women on the battlefield. As Greenfield demonstrates, the Democrats’ partisanship had consequences not only in Iraq but elsewhere in the region: the paralysis that resulted from their “anti-war” campaign led straight to the destruction of Lebanon and the installation of a terrorist army, Hezbollah, there as a regime within a regime. And it emboldened an overtly Islamofascist regime in Iran not only to supply the IEDs responsible for most of our troop fatalities in Iraq but also to proceed with a nuclear program aimed directly at Israel and the West.

The Great Betrayal shows that Barack Obama’s abandonment of Iraq is a betrayal of all the Americans and Iraqis who gave their lives to establish freedom in that country. And the result of his policies in Afghanistan has been as disastrous. While the President presented his rationale for pursuing war there as the pursuit of al-Qaeda, after abandoning his “surge” (which resulted in two thirds of all America’s Afghan casualties there and the resurgence of the Taliban allies of al-Qaeda), he blithely prepared for withdrawal as if national objectives had been met.

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  • ★FALCON★

    This article assumes that Obama was committed to the American war on Terror. Nothing could be further from the truth. Obama views Muslims as the oppressed and rightful in their world wide caliphate. In Obama's world view – Muslims are the victims of Western Colonialism and Imperialism.

    • johnnywoods

      Besides he is Mooslim himself.

    • trickyblain

      Chiming in from the bottom of the Indian Ocean, Bin Laden disagrees.

  • mrbean

    In any war, undeclared or not, your country is like your family, so once the shooting starts, it better be my country right or wrong, just as it would be for my family right or wrong if they were in any danger, even if I didn't agree with going to war or what my family did. As Patton once said; "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." And as Lombarbi correctly said;
    "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you win every single time." About time we heed this!

  • Steve Chavez

    Any analysis of Obama's frame of mind must include what I call "PUTIN'S REVENGE" and Obama's aiding in a mutual goal.

    The United States aided in the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan which one was domino that led to the eventual fall of the Wall, the Iron Curtain, and the Soviet Union itself. During these 80's, Obama was a full-fledged Communist and apologist for the Soviet Union as evident in an article he wrote while at Columbia. Google: "Obama Sundial 1983." All the groups he mentioned were CPUSA FRONTS but the main front of the CPUSA was the U.S. Peace Council, an affiliate of the WORLD PEACE COUNCIL RUN BY THE KGB. The CPUSA also wanted "the overthrow of the United States, THROUGH FORCE IF NECESSARY!" (George Meyers Chairman of the Labor Department CPUSA February 17, 1986.) UNIVERSITIES WERE USED TO RECRUIT STUDENTS LIKE OBAMA BUT OBAMA WAS A COMMUNIST SO HE WILLINGLY AIDED THE CPUSA AND KGB!

    "PUTIN'S REVENGE" is now in place and he, our CPUSA, AND OBAMA, seek our ultimate defeat in AFGHANISTAN, Iraq, and the whole Middle East with the destruction of Israel as the ultimate icing on the cake. All this as "REVENGE" for the fall of the Soviet Union which Putin wants to resurrect.

    Now remember Obama's off-the-mic remark to Medvedev where Obama wanted Putin to know he was more flexible on arms issues after the election? DOES HE COMPROMISE AND IS FLEXIBLE WITH REPUBLICANS?

    Notice too Obama's support for the Arab Spring and Russia's positions. Then there is Iran and Russia and their mutual support for Syria and Obama's inaction in Syria, which is slaughtering thousands of their own people and surely much worse that Libya did but was invaded to oust its leader. Then there is Obama's and Hillary's meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood who all HATE ISRAEL but Obama still holding out his hand in friendship, and for funds, from American Jews who are so blinded that they can't see that Obama is the ultimate enemy of Jews and Israel!

  • marios

    Fact is that BHO is Muslim: by Shari' a law any person born from Muslim father is Muslim if not convert. If that one convert he/she consider an apostate who should be annihilated. As all Muslims world supported Obama election ( particularly, financially including "poor" Arabs of Palestine) they know that he is Muslim who masked as Christian to fool gullible Americans/Western world overall. His spiritual mentor Rev. Wright (anti-white, anti-American, anti-Semite but not liar as BHO) did not confirm that BHO was baptized. Why overall BHO change his Christian name Barry to Muslim name Barak Hussein Obama? In the light of all his biography facts he acts logically as Muslim plus socialist Muslim have to. Republicans with their passivity allowed him and traitors Democrats to grab power. Now they are a lit bit more active to give country as chance to survive from that "plague".

    • Stuart Parsons

      Muhammad claimed we are all born Muslim. It is our evil parents, with the help of Satan, who lead us from Allah's rightful path.

  • Jose_Can_U_Si?

    Thank goodness Barack Obama never had any GIRL friends.
    - GOOGLE scrubbed all the specific homosexual references, years ago..

    In Obama's ten years of bachelorhood before he met Michelle in 1989, Obama dated various women and "was more than capable of taking care of himself." Another Chicago friend, John Owens, claims, "Barack tends to make a strong impression on women."

    And yet, unless I missed something, despite scores of interviews with Obama acquaintances, never do we actually hear from a woman who dated Barack Obama. (back to GOOGLE's scrubbed entries?)

    American Thinker ~ http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/04/barack_oba

    Obama's most effusive, created romantic images, are only of himself…..

  • Jose_Can_U_Si?

    On January 30, 2007, Senator Barack Obama introduced the Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007 in a speech on the U.S. Senate floor. http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/03/today_is_o

    MORE THAN FIVE YEARS LATER: The secret to Obama's Iraq 'success?'

    Do nothing.

  • Robert Bernad

    Good stuff…the truth is out! http://www.obamaftw.com/

  • WilliamJamesWard

    I listen to and watch Obama rave and realise the only thing keeping his empty suit
    from being completely empty is the almost empty bottle of Mad Dog lubricating his
    teleprompter jag from and otherwise empty head……………………….William

    • trickyblain

      You do realize your post makes absolutely no sense in English? Or that the use use a teleprompter is nothing new; every pres since Ike has used it?……………………………………….Tricky

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Trickey isn't it but then again you would need a brain to get it……………William