Obama Loses Iraq

Posted on Sun 08/16/2015 by

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

The evidence from Lindsey Graham is compelling – Iraq wanted Barack Obama not to pull out all troops. And John Hinderaker rightly concludes:

Obama Sneer 3At one point Barack Obama and Joe Biden basked in the success of the surge that was authorized by George W. Bush and carried out by Gen. David Petraeus. They proclaimed Iraq one of the Obama administration’s greatest accomplishments, taking credit for a military and diplomatic effort that had nothing to do with them. And then that ideologically-obsessed dummy, Barack Obama, threw it all away.

More:

Former Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Obama White House did not press hard enough to reach a deal with Iraq and leaving behind US troops. Panetta wrote that the U.S. “had leverage” and could have “threatened to withdraw reconstruction aid” if Iraq didn’t agree to “some sort of continued U.S. military presence.”

Panetta, Worthy Fights, 2014: To my frustration, the White House coordinated the negotiations but never really led them. Officials there seemed content to endorse an agreement if State and Defense could reach one, but without the President’s active advocacy, al-Maliki was allowed to slip away. The deal never materialized. To this day, I believe that a small U.S. troop presence in Iraq could have effectively advised the Iraqi military on how to deal with al-Qaeda’s resurgence and the sectarian violence that has engulfed the country.

Now:

A car bombing Saturday at a popular auto dealership in a Shi’ite-majority suburb of Baghdad killed 11 people and wounded at least 35, Iraqi officials said.

The blast hit the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, the same district where a massive truck bomb ripped through a wholesale vegetable market just two days before, killing 67 people — one of the worst attacks in Baghdad in a decade.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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