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As Obama Affirms End to Combat in Iraq, Only ABC Credits Troop Surge that Obama Opposed

As Obama Affirms End to Combat in Iraq, Only ABC Credits Troop Surge that Obama Opposed
August 3, 2010 by Rich Noyes

All three broadcast evening newscasts on Monday ran full reports on President Obama’s declaration that all combat troops would leave Iraq by the end of this month, leaving behind 50,000 troops designated for training and support. But only ABC’s World News bothered to point out how the end of American combat involvement in Iraq can be credited “in large part, because of the final actions of the last administration.”

Correspondent Yunji de Nies uniquely pointed out: “Just before leaving office, President Bush sent an additional 20,000 troops to Iraq and extended the tours of many more — a move then-Senator Obama opposed.”

ABC even showed a clip of Obama on the Senate floor in 2007 predicting the surge would fail: “I cannot in good conscience support this escalation. It is a policy that has already been tried and a policy that has failed.”

Neither CBS nor NBC pointed out how Obama was capitalizing on a policy he opposed, but all of the networks were skeptical of Obama’s claim that Iraq was a healed nation:

Dem Leaders Avoid Thanking Bush For US Victory In Iraq Today
June 30, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

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