On “Fox & Friends” this morning, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was interviewed by host Gretchen Carlson and claimed Barack Obama had said all along that the surge would improve the security situation on the ground:
GRETCHEN CARLSON, CO-HOST, “FOX & FRIENDS”: Will President Obama recognize the success of the surge put in place by President Bush tonight?
ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: There’s no doubt that first and foremost, that the men and women in our uniform and the sacrifices that I think we are all in awe of — the president will log today at Fort Bliss when he stops there as well as in his speech — I don’t think there’s any doubt, as candidate Obama said, adding 20,000 men and women into Iraq would improve the security situation. I think along with a series of other things…
CARLSON: Candidate Obama said that?
GIBBS: He did.
CARLSON: Excuse me, back in 2007, he said he was against the surge.
GIBBS: No, he said he was against the surge. He said there was no doubt that adding 20,000 men and women would improve the security situation, but as we know, our efforts in Iraq weren’t going to be done simple militarily, Gretchen.
Robert Gibbs is misstating the facts here. On January 10, 2007, Obama predicted the surge would actually increase violence.