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Obama: Wasn’t My Decision To Pull Troops Out Of Iraq

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Obama: It Wasn’t My Decision to Pull Troops Out of Iraq

June 19, 2014

Asked if he had any “regrets” about not leaving a residual force in Iraq, Obama advised reporters to “Keep in mind, that wasn’t a decision made by me. That was a decision made by the Iraqi government.”

Just think how preposterous it is. We had just spent eight years, and 4,500 lives and untold billions of dollars in Iraq. And we are at the mercy of the Iraqi government as to when to leave? (We still have troops in Germany and Japan, nearly 70 years after WWII.)

But Obama has to blame someone. And since he can’t blame Bush (though his lackeys do — below), he had to blame Maliki.

Back in 2011, Obama proudly touted the small number of troops remaining in Iraq as one of his foremost accomplishments. “When I came into office,” he boasted at the time, “I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. As Commander in Chief, I ended our combat mission last year and pledged to keep our commitment to remove all our troops by the end of 2011…"

He even announced that he and Maliki were “in full agreement about how to move forward.”

But at a press conference Thursday, Obama suddenly sought to distance himself from the withdrawal: “We offered a modest residual force to help continue to train and advise Iraqi security forces. We had a core requirement which we require in any situation where we have U.S. troops overseas, and that is that they are provided immunity,” he explained. “The Iraqi government and prime minister Maliki declined to provide us that immunity.”

Everyone who knows about these negotiations has said that Obama seized upon this excuse in order to be able to pull all of our troops out of Iraq, as he had often promised to do. As Don Rumsfeld said around the time the deal fell through, "A trained ape could have gotten a status of forces agreement."

Last week, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that “Obviously, the withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 was not a mistake.” When one reporter questioned whether the president made little effort to negotiate a deal with the Iraqis because of his personal desire to end the war, Psaki responded, “I would say that’s absolutely false. I would remind you that the timeline was laid out by the prior administration. It wasn’t a political decision.”

Ms. Psaki is not even a good liar. The Bush timeline assumed that there would be a status of forces agreement. But she, like the rest of this crowd, can’t resist trying to blame Bush.

On Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz) declared that those who say Iraq declined U.S. assistance are lying. According to McCain, he spoke with Maliki at the time and Maliki was willing to make a deal.

Even a blind squirrel finds a acorn now and then. By the way, this is the same John McCain who assured us in 2008 that we had ‘nothing to fear from a President Obama.’

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama: Wasn’t My Decision To Pull Troops Out Of Iraq”

  1. mr_bill says:

    Another colossal nerobama screw up and another blame game. I can’t think of a single time he’s taken responsibility for any of his rubbish ideas turning out as badly as people said it would turn out.

    What’s the deal with Juan McCain? Is he back on his meds? He seems almost reasonable. Oh wait, is he running for another term? Time to pretend he’s not an open-borders, pro-amnesty, glowbull warming embracing, weaken the US, RINO for a few months.

  2. Petronius says:

    Nerobama kept reducing the number of American troops he was willing to leave there under a SOFA.

    Eventually the number was so ridiculously small (3,000) that Maliki realized he was being played, at which point Maliki threw up his hands in disgust and said, “the heck with it.”

    Nerobama has managed to alienate all of America’s former allies around the world. All of them. Nobody trusts America anymore.

    Anyone who marks this down to coincidence or bad luck or incompetence has not been paying attention.

    It is part and parcel of Nerobama’s plan to bring down America.

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