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McConnell credits Bush for end of U.S. combat troops in Iraq

August 31, 2010 | | Comments 40
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

UPDATED AT 5:45 P.M.

By Jack Brammer – jbrammer@herald-leader.com

President Barack Obama’s formal announcement of the end of American combat troops in Iraq is “welcome news,” but it was the “determination and will” of former President George W. Bush that made it happen, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

McConnell, R-Ky., told several hundred Tuesday at a Commerce Lexington luncheon that the military surge late in the Bush administration, which Obama criticized at the time, ultimately made it possible to remove troops from Iraq.

“It sure makes things easier when you reject your own campaign rhetoric about how the surge — the Petraeus plan — shouldn’t happen and wouldn’t work,” McConnell said. “It makes it easier to talk about fulfilling a campaign promise to wind down our operations in Iraq when the previous administration signs the security agreement with Iraq to end our overall presence there.”

“You might recall that the surge wasn’t very popular when it was announced. You might also recall that one of its biggest critics was the current president,” he said.

McConnell agreed with remarks by Obama that “much hard work remains in Iraq.”

On other subjects during his speech at Lexington’s Hyatt Regency, McConnell said:

■ Republicans expect much success at the polls in November. “If the elections were tomorrow, we’d have a good day,” he said.

With Obama, Americans “are seized by buyer’s remorse,” he said.

■ He does not want Obama to fail. “I want him to change,” he said.

McConnell said he would not be surprised if after the November elections Obama has “an epiphany” and works more closely with Republicans.

■ The so-called “cap-and-trade” legislation dealing with carbon emissions from coal is dead in the U.S. Senate. McConnell noted that he is for carbon reductions but thinks that can be accomplished through clean-coal technology, nuclear energy and hybrid cars.

Before his speech, McConnell declined to discuss with reporters a possible announcement on Wednesday of state Senate President David Williams’ decision to run for governor.

Asked if Williams, R-Burkesville, would make a good governor, McConnell said, “I’m a big fan of David Williams. I think he has been the most consequential Republican in Frankfort in Kentucky’s history.”

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  1. Jackie says:

    We are now to believe Obama illegally invaded Iraq with lies of WMD’s, Mushroom Cloud and Iraq Freedom and allowing over 5000 soldiers to lose their lives based on lies. George W. Bush will get the credit for ending the War and the GOP for fighting Obama and his War policies. Democrats voted for the War while Republicans voted against it. Obama put our National Debt at 7 trillion in spending from 2000 to 2008 without any accountability. We would be better off with Bush/Cheney in office.

  2. prk says:

    It’s too bad the good people of Kentucky don’t have anyone on their side in the US Senate. Everyday Skeletor is in DC, KY loses.

  3. patrick says:

    typical republican moron. how can anyone with half a brain keep voting for this stooge?

  4. gary says:

    i agree it is amazing

  5. Someone says:

    Wait till Iraq crumbles apart when we leave (or should I say crumbles even further).

    Thanks again for starting this “war” bu$H… we have accomplished so much!

    P.S. Obama, you suck too!

  6. Tommy Caudill says:

    Where’s the support for our troops? They’re the only reason we’re able to leave Iraq and I can’t believe this man didn’t mention them once. Where’s the support our troops slogan he used for eight years? This man isn’t worthy to represent my cat let alone my state.

  7. rustyboater says:

    The biggest lie from McConnell’s lips (and imagine what a whopper that must be) is that he doesn’t want Obama to fail.

    Mitch would sell his soul to Osama Bin Laden if it kept Republicans in power. Course, not sure he hasn’t done that yet.

  8. Jonathan says:

    I hope that no one forgets that US went into Iraq because of WMDs that have never been found. Thanks to Bush for killing our boys and wasting billions and billions for an unjust war. What about “Mission Acoomplished”? McConnell wanted to throw a 20 million dollar celebration!

  9. TLWiz says:

    I just think “prk” sums it up perfectly The last comment by “Someone” is also very good. People are starting to realize that the problem is Republicans AND Democrats. We need to throw them all out on their corrupt butts and elect Americans instead.

  10. phyre says:

    Addison the Lipless Wonder must have been smoking the Aqua Buddha with the Con Man.

  11. exactly! says:

    Too many people want to stick to their party and bash the other side regardless of the situation… two sides of the same coin folks, wake up!

  12. RON says:

    Republicans taking credit for Obama getting tough with Iraq and its leadership. Nothing new there .

  13. Jimmy says:

    Leave it to a politician to lie through his teeth and try to change history by saying something that blatantly isn’t true. You cannot give credit to W for this war being over, with or without the surge. Because, IF McCain were President right now, the troops wouldn’t have had a timeline and they would not have been withdrawn, with or without the surge. You can guarantee that we would still be in there strong, with all those multi-billion dollar contracts going to those Republican corporations, for many years to come if McCain had won.

  14. dixxiecrat says:

    The best gift the republicans could give Beshear for re-election would be Williams. He will energize the Democrats to get out the vote more than anyone else(except maybe forgy).

  15. GinaL says:

    Sure Mitch. Bush got us into a war when we had no business there. You Mitch McConnell are a sad excuse for a man much less a senator. Kentucky might as well not have a senator as the ones we have now. Hopefully the voters will continue to exhibit such party loyalty that they elect another loser. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, now there’s a pair of bookends!

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  17. Mike CQ says:

    Well I guess the GOP did accomplish some things.
    1. Hike the deficit by over $1trillion in paying for a war that was stupid.
    2. Increasing the bottom like of Haliburton.
    3. Increased Iran’s sphere of power.
    4. Eliminate the only country that kept Iran in check.
    5. Cost American lives in an unwarranted war.
    6. Took our eyes off al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    7. Made the USA go from being a beloved country after 9/11 to one where most countries don’t care for us or hate us.
    8. Did a lot of wasted construction in Iraq and not accomplish anything.

  18. Lefty Guttersnipe says:

    If Bush had not gotten us INTO Iraq, it would be impossible for us to ever LEAVE Iraq. It’s all very zen.

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  20. john mullins says:

    it is unbeliveable that these repubs are trying to give bush credit that cost over 4000 lives on a lie the people should call these people out on these lies

  21. workinforalivin says:

    “Bush got us into a war when we had no business there.”

    yes, no democrats have ever voted for the wars and none of them voted for funding it.

  22. john mullins says:

    i just moved back from flordia i am shocked @ the people and their blindness bush and mitch and cheney i think that says enough

  23. ScottW says:

    Bush was right. Obama was wrong. Will Obama be humble enough tonite to admit it?

  24. Tommy Caudill says:

    ScottW,

    Please explain how President Obama was wrong. He wasn’t in the Senate when we were lied into war, so, how can you say he was wrong?

  25. Stateboy says:

    Let’s just not forget who started this trillion dollar war by lying to the American people. The extra troops may indeed have been contributory to being able to be at this stage in August, 2010 but that is little concilation to the families of the 4,400 killed and the tens of thousands wounded. No to mention the BS that’s still going on in Afghanistan that may have been over long ago if “W” didn’t have to avenge the family name in Iraq.

  26. Bonzo66 says:

    Bush deserves some of the credit, but he made some enormous blunders too. I didn’t hear anything in Obama’s speech that claimed credit, so what is McConnell and Boner bit—– about? If Bush had been a democrat, I’m sure McConnell would have bad-mouthed him to the hilt. McConnell is simply a lying hypocrite who will say anything to further his political agenda. He’s never represented Kentucky and people have started to finally realize he only represents the rich fat cats on Wall Street who care for nothing except the almighty buck.

  27. Buck Feshear says:

    It’s so heartwarming to see all the Saddam Hussein supporters and sympathizers posting here tonight.

  28. Tommy Caudill says:

    Buck,

    You do realize that all of our enemies today were our best allies in 80s, don’t you? In the early 80s Reagan sent weapons to Saddam to fight Iran and in the mid 80s Reagan sent weapons to Bin Laden to fight Russia. Isn’t it Ironic that the republicans pick our allies so great that eventually they’re our enemies. Yeah the republicans are great at screwing everything up then the democrats have to clean up their mess, it’s a pattern going back to the 30s. We would think the American people would finally et the message but their attention span is only about two minutes long.

  29. Michelle Nicholson says:

    Regardless, I’m thankful to our servicepeople who are willing to put on a uniform and serve our country.

    I just wish I heard more from politicians about what’s good for America, rather than what’s good for their parties.

  30. Buck Feshear says:

    Tommy, and Rick Pitino once coached UK. Your point is????? (besides on the top of your head…)

  31. godlovesyouandme says:

    BF – pray tell us how Saddam Hussein was any direct danger to us? You’ve really bought into Bush’s lies haven’t you?

    If anything we were better off with him, as a way to suppress Iran. Now that we’ve gotten rid of him, I’m guessing it won’t be long before Iran is running Irag. Great, huh!

    You are a moron. Go have sex with your favorite gray haired man .. maybe it will relieve some of your stress.

  32. Tommy Caudill says:

    Buck,

    Since when did Rick Pitino cost us $3 trillion and 4100 American lives? We went to Iraq on false information and it has done irreversible harm to our young men and women and our standing in the world. Your reference to a basketball coach makes no sense.

  33. startajob says:

    BFeshear – you seem to have sort of fetish for Saddam Hussein.

    No one here loved him – he was a horrible person. But the world has lots of horrible people (some of who are our allies, which he was one at one time, and our enemies, and folks we don’t care about).

    But please explain why we had to spill the blood of over 4000 of our children, and maybe over a million Iraqs .. to end up with an unstable country .. basically a fiasco.

    Do you think its our job to go around the world getting in wars with every two bit dictator that is flailing his johnson around?

    Please explain yourself. You’ve been driving this line forever in these forums, but have never explained yourself. Its time to fess up and explain what is stuck in your craw. As it is, you are just blowing hot air, and certainly not convincing anyone of anything.

  34. bulbulous says:

    yikes startajob – don’t encourage the man (or woman or dog, or whoever is sitting at his PC)! He’ll start thinking someone cares what his opinion is.

  35. Buck Feshear says:

    Growl … had my comment typed and this stupid blog software ate it.

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