Palin Declares ‘Victory’ In Iraq

In her interview with CBS’s Katie Couric that aired yesterday, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) outlined some of her foreign policy positions. After laying out why Afghanistan is so different from Iraq, she then called for a surge of troops into Afghanistan, exactly as the Bush administration did in Iraq. She noted that it had led to “victory” in Iraq and would therefore do the same in Afghanistan:

COURIC: Why is it much more challenging there? Can you explain that?

PALIN: The logistics that we’re already suggesting here, not having enough troops in the area right now. The–things like the terrain, even, in Afghanistan and that border between Pakistan and Afghanistan where, you know, we believe that bin Laden is hiding out right now and is still such a leader of this terrorist movement. There are many more challenges there. So again, I believe that a surge in Afghanistan also will lead us to victory there, as it has proven to have done in Iraq.

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There has not been victory in Iraq. Gen. David Petraeus has reportedly banned the use of words like “triumph,” “victory,” and “we’re winning.” “This is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade. … It’s not war with a simple slogan,” he told BBC News earlier this month.

Like his running mate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) frequently declares success in Iraq, recently stating that the country is now “peaceful and stable,” and the United States is “winning in Iraq.”

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