President Obama made an excursion today to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit wounded warriors, meeting with 24 who served in Afghanistan and five who fought in Iraq. He awarded 11 Purple Hearts.
This difficult exercise is not something he does real often. I gotta say, coming one day before travels to Fort Bliss, Texas to mark the end of “combat operations” in Iraq and then delivers an Oval Office address on the matter, this has the very unfortunate feel of either box checking or even being part of an “Obama keeps his Iraq drawdown promise” celebration. It may just be getting done because Iraq is currently on White House schedulers’ radar.
The trip to Walter Reed was not on the schedule, I assume, just to avoid these types of charges.
Obama rarely publicly addresses the wars he is running. But he spoke about it in Saturday’s radio address, and the White House website is heavy on Iraq right now. So for a few days, the White House is doing Iraq, and then, with “combat operations” supposedly all done, we ain’t gonna hear much about it again.
Unless the Iraqi extremists who know that Obama has little stomach for war decide otherwise.