Hannity: Obama's War Strategy 'Is a National Disgrace'

By James Beattie | January 8, 2014 | 6:00pm EST

Sean Hannity called President Obama's war strategy a 'national disgrace' Wednesday on his syndicated radio program.

Hannity was discussing an excerpt from a soon-to-be released book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served in both the Bush and Obama administrations.  An advance copy was released to Bob Woodward of The Washington Post.  Gates writes:

"Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying."

Hannity reacts:

"If you're a mom, if you're a dad, If you're a parent, a brother, a sister, or maybe a soldier yourself who was there.  How do you feel knowing this is how your government's treating you - like garbage?  Like your commander-in-chief throwing you under the bus, that leaders in government making political decisions about war and admitting it, bragging about it.

"I cannot put into words how just God-awful, how offensive this is, how cynical this is.  This is a national disgrace.  You've got our brass, our best, our bravest, sent to war bleeding on the battlefield, body parts blown off, people dying for a war that we're now told the president didn't support and didn't fight to win.

"And what about all the 30,000 troops that he sent over?  If he sent him there not believing they could win, why did he send them there?  He sent them there why, just for political reasons as well?  He's writing, in some cases, death sentences for these kids.  You'd expect both Iraq and Afghanistan, they're in the process of being lost, you know, and that's the sad story, even the deeper story, and deeper significance here, because he wouldn't fight it, didn't believe in it, never gave the resources to it.

"Meaning the sacrifices of all those young men and women in uniform, what was it for?  If you don't have a stated objective and goal to win, why are we there, ever?  You've got to win a war.  If you're gonna fight, you've gotta fight to win.  You've gotta have a definition of victory.  What is it?  What is your goal?  What is your endgame?  What is your exit strategy?  It is beyond shameful, this revelation, about how shameless these people in Washington are."

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