President Obama today travelled to Fort Bliss, Texas. The question is, exactly why?
It’s the second anniversary of the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, which Obama marked back then during an appearance at the same Fort Bliss. Since then, of course, Obama has removed all U.S. troops from Iraq.
Today, he gave credit to the troops for their work. But you don’t have to read too far between the lines to see whom else he’s giving credit to.
And no, he’s not crediting George W. Bush with this one. The end of the Iraq War, which occurred under President Obama’s watch but not because of President Obama’s policies, is a major plank in Obama’s reelection campaign.
From today’s remarks:
Obama: And so, two years ago, I was able to come here to Bliss and mark the end of our combat mission. And that night I told the American people that all our troops would be out of Iraq by the end of the following year. At the time, I know some folks didn’t believe me. They were skeptical. Some thought the end of combat was just word games and semantics, but I meant what I said.
Thursday, Mark Knoller of CBS, who’s seen a thing or two in his time, asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney why the trip shouldn’t “be seen as a campaign visit?”
MR. CARNEY: Well, it’s an official visit, Mark.
Q I know that.
MR. CARNEY: And the fact is he does talk about his record.
Yes, he did.