VP Joe Biden said “”I am very optimistic about — about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration.” And to think Romney lost to these guys still baffles me to this day.
John McCain responded to President Obama’s total troop withdrawal from Iraq and his failure to obtain a status of forces agreement from Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki by saying the following:
“I continue to believe that this decision represents a failure of leadership, both Iraqi and American … that it was a sad case of political expediency triumphing over military necessity, both in Baghdad and in Washington … and that it will have serious negative consequences for Iraq’s stability and our national security interests. I sincerely hope that I am wrong, but I fear that General Jack Keane, who was one of the main architects of the surge, could be correct again when he said recently: ‘We won the war in Iraq, and we’re now losing the peace.’
This came up in the third debate with Romney challenging Obama for wanting, but failing to obtain a status of forces agreement. Obama bragged how there were no more troops in Iraq and charged Romney for wanting US troops to still be there (10,000).
OBAMA: What I would not have had done was left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. And that certainly would not help us in the Middle East.
ROMNEY: I’m sorry, you actually — there was a — there was an effort on the part of the president to have a status of forces agreement, and I concurred in that, and said that we should have some number of troops that stayed on. That was something I concurred with..
John McCain said that the entire Obama national security team should be fired and I agree. Why? According to,the NY Times, Iraq had asked for air support and drone attacks on these militants in 2013, and the Obama Adm. said no, which is turning your back on Iraq and those that fought alongside coalition forces. “Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s foreign minister, last year floated the idea that armed American-operated Predator or Reaper drones might be used to respond to the expanding militant network in Iraq. American officials dismissed that suggestion at the time, saying that the request had not come from Mr. Maliki.”
Now Sharia Law is being imposed across Iraq as government forces are either massacred or on the run. Now it appears Obama will send some weapons but the bees have already left the hive and drones won’t have as much impact now and the sacrifices made by coalition and Iraqi forces during the insurgency are all for not. I hope Obama doesn’t make the same mistake twice and pull all the troops out of Afghanistan b/c history has a way of repeating itself.