Thursday, Sen. Klobuchar released this statement about the Obama administration’s troop withdrawals from Iraq:
“I have long supported a military policy in Iraq that focuses on the responsible withdrawal of U.S. troops and the transfer of authority to the Iraqi government. Our troops have shown tremendous courage to get us to this point. The mission of our Minnesota National Guard troops in Kuwait and Iraq to bring our soldiers and equipment home from Iraq is the right one.”
The first thing worth noting is that Sen. Klobuchar, like most Democrats, didn’t say she’s “long supported a military policy in Iraq” that focuses on defeating the radical jihadists. That’s never been a consideration for Sen. Klobuchar. In fact, she’s often gotten her facts wrong. Here’s what she said:
Last week, officials in Baghdad released figures suggesting the surge of American forces has rapidly reduced violence. Klobuchar said that’s not clear. “Some of the violence has been pushed out to other areas, but I think it’s too early to tell,” she said. “It’ll be best evaluated in the middle or late summer.”
Here’s what she got wrong:
The rate of killings of US troops in Iraq has been on the decline, down by 60 percent, since the launch of the new security measures in Baghdad, according to statistics revealed by the Multi-National Force -Iraq Combined Press Information Centre.
Only 17 members of the US military in Iraq have been killed since February 14 till March 13, compared to 42 from January 13 to February 13; the rate was on the decline during the first month of the security crackdown, compared to a month before. Two of the 17 soldiers died at US Baghdad camps of non-combat causes.
When it comes to national security, Sen. Klobuchar is either poorly informed or totally disinterested. That’s disturbing. Regardless of whether you agreed with the Iraq war or not, it’s a senator’s job to get the facts right.
These weren’t classified items that required a security clearance. These were statistics included in Centcom’s monthly reports.
If Sen. Klobuchar wouldn’t have spent her time finding and attending photo ops in Minnesota, she could’ve spnt the time studying Centcom’s reports. That would’ve helped her be informed on this important subject.
It’s disgraceful that a US senator could get that information that badly wrong, especially when the information was so readily available.