My how things have changed in places like Iraq.
It’s 2014, President Barack Obama is in charge of U.S. efforts in Iraq, and things have gotten exponentially worse than they were four years ago.
According to a BBC World News America/Harris Poll conducted Aug. 19 and 23, 2010, more than half of Americans — 57 percent to be precise — believed Iraq was better off than it was before the U.S. invasion seven years earlier.
Conversely, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll conducted last week, a combined 68 percent of Americans say they have “very little” or “just some” confidence that Obama’s goals of degrading and eliminating the threat posed by ISIS will be achieved. [Editor’s Note: In case you didn’t know, ISIS is the Islamic terror group President Obama calls “ISIL” so as not to reference the group’s role in seizing large portions of Syria (the “S” in ISIS stands for Syria) and Iraq, killing thousands and threatening to export their terror attacks to the U.S. and Europe.]
Thought they don’t offer a head-to-head comparison, the poll numbers highlighted above remain telling nonetheless. So much so, in fact, that they prompted me to off a flashback to two 2007 videos featuring well-known U.S. senators:
On Jan. 30, 2007, then-Senator Obama (D-Ill.) introduced legislation calling for a phased redeployment of U.S. combat troops in Iraq (VIDEO).
On April 18, 2007, Senator Reid said, “This war is lost” during a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate (VIDEO).
Eye-opening stuff to think about as the 2014 and 2016 elections draw near.