One of the lines that caught my ear was when he equated both those who supported the troops and their mission, as well as those who opposed it, as "patriots." Hardly.
Patriots don't go on television and declare the war lost, as "Dingy" Harry Reid did...all for the sake of a political victory for his party...traitors do.
Patriots don't send $600,000 in aid to a city where Americans and allies kidnapped were beheaded on video in the name of Allah, or pledge to support the Iraqi resistance, as Jodie Evans of Code Pinko and a top bundler of the Obama for President campaign did. Traitors do.
Patriots don't call the sacrifices of the fallen "wasted lives," as Barack Hussein Obama did. Traitors do.
In short, Obama tried to act like everything he wasn't. He opposed the surge that routed the terrorist insurgent threat. He even said preventing a potential genocide wasn't a good reason to keep our troops there.
He tried to take credit for the withdrawal of US Combat forces. That too is a lie. The agreement was signed in 2008 under...George W. Bush. Obama mentioned Bush but didn't give him the credit due.
The other lie was the one about how paying for the war caused the deficits we have today, and all that money for war could have been spent at home on jobs, education, etc. Wrong!
This graphic below from the Washington Examiner shows the cost of the war vs. the remainder of the debt.
*Obama's stimulus, passed in his first month in office, will cost more than the entire Iraq War -- more than $100 billion (15%) more.
* Just the first two years of Obama's stimulus cost more than the entire cost of the Iraq War under President Bush, or six years of that war.
* Iraq War spending accounted for just 3.2% of all federal spending while it lasted.
* Iraq War spending was not even one quarter of what we spent on Medicare in the same time frame.
* Iraq War spending was not even 15% of the total deficit spending in that time frame. The cumulative deficit, 2003-2010, would have been four-point-something trillion dollars with or without the Iraq War.
* The Iraq War accounts for less than 8% of the federal debt held by the public at the end of 2010 ($9.031 trillion).
* During Bush's Iraq years, 2003-2008, the federal government spent more on education that it did on the Iraq War. (State and local governments spent about ten times more.)
This was a speech that anyone who has followed this war cannot listen to and believe a word of. Of course, the anti-American Left will love it. The elites will cheer and lapdogs like Chris Matthews will be whacking off listening to it. But it is empty and thankless words to those who fought and sacrificed for it, from a little man not worthy to hold their boots.