Marines were looking to stop deploying to Iraq in the front part of last summer because they largely do not have a job anymore (didn't get the media play that failure would have gotten). Iraqi troops and security forces were finaly standing up and the Al-Queda/insurgency element was crippled beyond repair. Bush had already instituted the retrograde order. And in the midst of this, the typical civilian was glued to his television listening to politicians boast about how the surge was ineffective (even though a "surge" later for Afghanistan is just the ticket) and how setting dates was like surrendering (even though the plan to begin deploying less to Iraq and more to Afghanistan with loose dates were already in the works).
Perhaps the "center" are those without a mouthpiece in Washington and prefer to actually educate themselves to these happenings beyond the ignorant speeches and headlines. Those that decided in 2003 that everything in this war was to be "failed" or "impossible" leaving no room for reality and good news were always the thorn in the effort's side (as they "supported the troops, not the war" slogan meant to fool the dumb, unfortunate little soldiers). Perhaps those who preferred to label any temporary outburst between tribes as an "Iraqi Civil War" or that because Vermont in the desert does not exist that all is "lost" are the real stooges. Because today they barely whisper about drones over Pakistan do they? And do you think the CIA is now out of a job? Or that Obama is open and honest about his affairs and duties in this region? Even he got slapped in the face with some truth when he took office and got exposed to the events.
Stooges come in all colors. Today, we are starting to see the other side point out every sentence structure or syllable out of Obama as the end of days or the coming of total disaster. Today, we get to see the left support what they criticized with Bush (bombings in Pakistan) and the right criticize what they used to support.
None of you were ever in a position of wisdom. Always only in a position of ignorance and always seeking ways to encourage your protests. And despite your efforts, Iraq is being praised by even the UN and the French. Of course, with the French dropping in a consulate building in Iraq two years after they protested for the preservation of the pain in the ass, who is really surprised that they would jump on the band wagon when international business started raising eyebrows.
And now this whole thing with Iran is taking focus too. Obama haters thinks that he is seeking a way from responsibility from this beats of a nation? Or that Bush haters have a man in office now that will snuggle up and make it all go away with a quick kiss and a handshake? Obama will give the international community and the global left what they need, which is to feel warm and cozy about kicking off in an enemy's ass, but in the end he will do exactly what Bush did without the rhetoric of "we are one." Our "friends" need this rhetoric to feel good about how they treat us and so does the left in America who gauge right and wrong according to the faces of Europeans.