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Obama (Lies Again): Pullout From Iraq Not My Decision

From CNS News:

Obama: Pulling All U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Was Not ‘My Decision’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 9, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – … On the South Lawn of the White House today, after Obama explained why he had ordered the U.S. military to renew airstrikes in Iraq, a reporter asked Obama about his decision to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq.

“Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq?” the reporter asked. “And does it give you pause as the U.S.–is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?”

“What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision,” Obama said, indicating he does not believe it was his decision as commander in chief of U.S. troops in a congressionally authorized action in Iraq to decide whether the troops should stay or leave.

“Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government,” Obama said. “In order for us to maintain troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of the Iraqi government and we needed assurances that our personnel would be immune from prosecution if, for example, they were protecting themselves and ended up getting in a firefight with Iraqis, that they wouldn’t be hauled before an Iraqi judicial system…"

“So let’s just be clear: The reason that we did not have a follow-on force in Iraq was because the Iraqis were–a majority of Iraqis did not want U.S. troops there, and politically they could not pass the kind of laws that would be required to protect our troops in Iraq,” said Obama…

As we have often said before, none of what Obama says here is true.

In fact, as we noted just a couple of months ago, even the New York Times has pointed out that Iraq offered US troop immunity, but Obama refused it:

Diplomatic Note Promises Immunity From Iraqi Law for U.S. Advisory Troops

By PETER BAKER | June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Monday that it has accepted from the Iraqi government the same sort of immunity agreement for newly dispatched Special Operations troops that it refused to accept in 2011, when it opted to withdraw all American troops from Iraq rather than keep a residual force behind.

Iraq’s government provided assurances in a diplomatic note that American troops being sent to help combat a growing Islamist insurgency will be exempt from Iraqi law, officials said Monday. But in 2011, American military lawyers deemed such assurances insufficient and insisted troops stay only if legal immunity was approved by the Iraqi Parliament.

Which is kind of ironic, given how Obama regularly ignores or defies his own Congress.

By accepting the same sort of deal he turned down nearly three years ago, President Obama opened himself to further questions about whether he made the right decision to pull out all American troops at the end of 2011, a decision drawing fresh criticism in light of the rapid advances of Islamist extremists now threatening Baghdad…

Mind you, even the New York Times is questioning Obama on this.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama (Lies Again): Pullout From Iraq Not My Decision”

  1. Melly says:

    The NYT back in 2012 reported that Obama failed when it came to America’s exit out of Iraq.


  2. Petronius says:

    Is there anything — anything?! — that Nerobama is willing to own responsibility for?

    Blaming George W. Bush is old hat … but blaming Army lawyers? Really?

  3. yadayada says:

    “Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government,” Obama said.

    mr. obama, please reread that line over and over again until you get it.

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