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Hillary Defended Lack Of ‘Status Of Forces’ Agreement

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Clinton Was Leading Champion of Iraq Withdrawal

Saw no need for status of forces agreement

By Adam Kredo | June 13, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading and outspoken supporter of the Obama administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and even defended the White House’s controversial failure to reach a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government…

An agreement that Donald Rumsfeld noted back in March, "a trained ape could have gotten."

Clinton emerged as one of the top supporters of the withdrawal and defended the administration’s failure to secure a status of forces agreement, which would have kept several thousand U.S. troops in the war-torn country and potentially prevented extremist terror groups from resurging in Iraq, according to a Washington Free Beacon review of the likely presidential candidate’s past statements and interviews.

Clinton touted the United States’ commitment to Iraq in 2011 and said the Obama administration has “a plan in place” to ensure Iraq’s security. “Are the Iraqis all going to get along with each other for the foreseeable future?” Clinton wondered in one 2011 interview. “Well, let’s find out.”

Apparently, this is the Democrat way of doing things. Just as we had to ‘pass Obama-Care to find out what was in it.’

Clinton went on to claim in a separate 2011 interview with CNN that “we have a lot of presence in that region.” She added that countries such as Iran should not “miscalculate about our continuing commitment to and with the Iraqis going forward.” …

It sounds like our enemies have ‘miscalculated’ quite accurately.

Clinton also attempted during the 2011 interview to assure critics that the White House has “a plan in place.”

“There’s been an enormous amount of effort in conjunction with the Iraqi government,” Clinton said at the time. “The Iraqi government is looking forward. They’re trying to chart a new course that will give them the kind of independence and sovereignty from everyone, including their big neighbor, Iran, and we’re going to support that. It’s very much in America’s interests to do so.”

We just won’t give them any military aid when they have the enemy on their doorstep.

Clinton, in a separate interview with NBC’s David Gregory in 2011, promised that the United States would continue training and supporting Iraqi forces, which have been overthrown in major cities in recent days.

“We are providing a support-and-training mission,” Clinton said at the time. “We will be there on the ground working with the Iraqis. And I just want to add, David, that no one should miscalculate America’s resolve and commitment to helping support the Iraqi democracy. We have paid too high a price to give the Iraqis this chance and I hope that Iran and no one else miscalculates that.” …

‘Hope’ is not a foreign policy.

Clinton committed in 2011 that the United States would “do everything we can to help” Iraq and ensure that “democracy flourishes.” …

By undercutting its elected leader at every turn.

Clinton reportedly “sought to play down the failure of negotiations between the Obama administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to keep several thousand U.S. troops in Iraq beyond 2011 for special operations and training,” according to the Washington Post.

Clinton told NBC during the October 2011 interview with Gregory that Obama’s failure to secure a status of forces agreement was actually the fault of former President George W. Bush.

“I think that they should have raised those issues when President Bush agreed to the agreement to withdraw troops by the end of this year,” Clinton said. “I feel like this is a debate that is looking backwards instead of forwards.” …

Naturally it is all Bush’s fault. But didn’t she just say that a status for forces agreement wasn’t necessary, anyway?

Clinton also praised Obama’s “great leadership.”

“We know that the violence is not going to automatically end, but President Obama has shown great leadership in navigating to this point, fulfilling his promise, meeting the obligations that were entered into before he ever came into office,” she said. “We are providing a support-and-training mission. We will be there on the ground working with the Iraqis.” …

Yes, Obama has shown more of his great leadership from behind. Way behind.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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