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Obama’s Iraq disaster ("this is a mess of President Obama’s making" Washington Post)
Washington Post ^ | 16 June 2014 | Marc A. Thiessen

Posted on 06/16/2014 6:32:51 PM PDT by dead

In 2011, the situation in Iraq was so good that the Obama administration was actually trying to take credit for it, with Vice President Joe Biden declaring that Iraq “could be one of the great achievements of this administration.”

Now in 2014, as Iraq descends into chaos, Democrats are trying to blame the fiasco on — you guessed it — George W. Bush. “I don’t think this is our responsibility,” said Nancy Pelosi, declaring that the unfolding disaster in Iraq “represents the failed policies that took us down this path 10 years ago.”

Sorry, but this is a mess of President Obama’s making... (snip)

When Obama took office, the terrorists had been driven from their safe havens; now they are on threatening to take control of a nation. Iraq is on the cusp of turning into what Afghanistan was in the 1990s — a safe haven from which to plan attacks on America and its allies.

It did not have to be this way. In 2011, the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, recommended keeping between 14,000 and 18,000 troops in Iraq (down from 45,000). The White House rejected Austin’s recommendation, worried about “the cost and the political optics.” So our commanders reduced their request to 10,000 — a number commanders said might be able to work “in extremis.” But the White House rejected this as well, insisting the number be cut to between 3,000 to 4,000 troops — a level insufficient to provide force protection and train Iraqis, much less to counterbalance Iran.

Iraqi leaders saw that the United States has headed for the exits... So Iraq rejected Obama’s offer...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disaster; iraq; obama

1 posted on 06/16/2014 6:32:51 PM PDT by dead
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To: dead

bowing to the saudis and qatar did help either. But we can always count on the lame-stream to not tell the truth.


2 posted on 06/16/2014 6:34:12 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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United States has headed for the exits...

Only the lame-stream, fools that they are and liberal hope for our heading for the exits ... America is still America ... Find that Lady and Reshape Destiny. Don't worry about mooch ... it's a male.

3 posted on 06/16/2014 6:36:29 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dead
"This is a mess of President Obama's making."

But we'll make excuses for him and sweep the whole thing under the rug because he's... you know...

4 posted on 06/16/2014 6:36:38 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: dead

I’ve lost count, how many messes is at again?


5 posted on 06/16/2014 6:36:47 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: dead

Why cant someone get the crew from Jackass to get into an event with Pelosi on camera and ash her why she is so freaking stupid.

Memes for days. Might even open a few lib eyes.


6 posted on 06/16/2014 6:38:57 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: jyro
I’ve lost count, how many messes is it again?

Fingers and Toes will not count up high enough! Got ten thousand lined up! That might be a better count.

7 posted on 06/16/2014 6:39:21 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dead

Will the Compost allow this in their print media? Probably not.


8 posted on 06/16/2014 6:41:10 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: dead

It’s like the mess he caused in Egypt and all over the Middle East!


9 posted on 06/16/2014 6:41:51 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: dead

Sounds like the responsibility falls on those who elected Obama.


10 posted on 06/16/2014 6:43:59 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Star Traveler

We can Thank God Egypt turned away from the moslems of the brotherhood and obama though. That for certain made obama and hillary upset. Lost Four Americans though before it happened .... Egypt turned away. God moved in a mysterious way.


11 posted on 06/16/2014 6:45:29 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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>> “I don’t think this is our responsibility,” said Nancy Pelosi

I wonder our Pelosi voted on the Iraq war effort during the early years when the Left feigned patriotism.


12 posted on 06/16/2014 6:46:12 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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I wonder how Pelosi voted on the Iraq war effort during the early years when the Left feigned patriotism.

/phonetic overload


13 posted on 06/16/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: no-to-illegals

That was amazing in Egypt. I never thought they would go after the Muslim Brotherhood.

Now Egypt has issued charges against Hillary Clinton and President Obama for working with the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt!


14 posted on 06/16/2014 6:48:11 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: dead

The damage Obama is doing to the military in incalculable. What soldier is going to want to do what it takes to secure the peace in the Middle East, when years later, all the gains are forfeited in a matter of months?


15 posted on 06/16/2014 6:51:05 PM PDT by randita
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To: Star Traveler

yes, America was Blessed by that about face ... Thank You Star ... You shine Brightly!


16 posted on 06/16/2014 6:53:14 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: randita

The Kenyan continues his total destruction of America. Amazing how he makes it look so easy.


17 posted on 06/16/2014 6:54:41 PM PDT by Broker (American soap opera)
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To: dead

This is a blog published on the Washington Post site; it is not as if the paper published it as the opinion of its editorial board.

“Marc Thiessen writes a weekly column for The Post on foreign and domestic policy and contributes to the PostPartisan blog. He is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Thiessen served as a chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and before that as a senior aide to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms. He is the author of “Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack” (2010) and the co-author, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, of Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge.”


18 posted on 06/16/2014 6:54:45 PM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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Is Curtain Call America ... Do you stand with America or the terrorists?


19 posted on 06/16/2014 7:00:36 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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If .. one stands with the terrorists ... may you fall like a leaf in the ocean.


20 posted on 06/16/2014 7:03:26 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: dead

Bump


21 posted on 06/16/2014 7:03:38 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: dead

Where the heck are the morons with their hashtag signs? “#Leave Our Baghdad Alone”. That would scare the *iss out of the ISIS clowns.


22 posted on 06/16/2014 7:08:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: dead

Spells it out nicely, MSM will suppress it, at least from the LIV.


23 posted on 06/16/2014 7:13:48 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: dead

It’s so depressing to read the comments and realize that many of our fellow Americans live in a different world — a fantasy world, founded on ignorance, anchored by arrogance and shielded by dogma.


24 posted on 06/16/2014 7:28:05 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: dead

IMPEACH OBAMA!


25 posted on 06/16/2014 8:03:56 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Steely Tom

ohhh nnoooo
this is president Bush’s problem,
not this simple moron in office currently and for the last 6 freaken years.


26 posted on 06/16/2014 8:11:56 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Broker

“The Kenyan continues his total destruction of America. Amazing how he makes it look so easy.”

In 2008, Obama was elected on a promise to “fundamentally transform America”. It made me fall out of my chair,. But a majority of the voters found these words so inspiring they made him President. Twice. So now we’ve got no border with Mexico.

If Canada would be so kind as to take absorb the states north of Texas we just might be able to salvage our language and our NHL hockey teams.


27 posted on 06/16/2014 8:47:24 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: no-to-illegals

lol, hello!


28 posted on 06/16/2014 9:57:10 PM PDT by odds
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To: odds

The demodumies have not taken credit for any of their great disasters and never will. Its always easy to point the finger at the other guy to take the heat away from yourself.

Lying bastards all of them!


29 posted on 06/17/2014 4:32:10 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: DaveA37

Seriously.. lately I only think everyone is lying unless proven innocent.. the entangled web of lies & deception.. and I want triple documentation to prove innocence!


30 posted on 06/17/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT by odds
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To: odds

Hello Odds ... Great to see ya!


31 posted on 06/19/2014 11:43:29 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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