October 24, 2011
Politics Trumps Security in Obama’s Bungled Troop Negotiations with Iraq
This is an epic Obama failure masked as a fulfilled campaign pledge.
The US suffered a major diplomatic and military rebuff on Friday when Iraq finally rejected its pleas to maintain bases in the country beyond this year.
Barack Obama announced at a White House press conference that all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of December, a decision forced by the final collapse of lengthy talks between the US and the Iraqi government on the issue.
The Iraqi decision is a boost to Iran, which has close ties with many members of the Iraqi government and which had been battling against the establishment of permanent American bases.
Obama told America not to look behind the curtain:
Obama attempted to make the most of it by presenting the withdrawal as the fulfilment of one of his election promises.
“Today I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” he told reporters.
But he had already announced this earlier this year, and the real significance today was in the failure of Obama, in spite of the cost to the US in dollars and deaths, to persuade the Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki to allow one or more American bases to be kept in the country.
Obama has set the stage for Iranian dominance in Middle East:
The Pentagon had wanted the bases to help counter growing Iranian influence in the Middle East. Just a few years ago, the US had plans for leaving behind four large bases but, in the face of Iraqi resistance, this plan had to be scaled down this year to a force of 10,000. But even this proved too much for the Iraqis.
This is not a little failure. This is a gigantic failure. Worst of all, it squanders the sacrifice made by so many in the US military.
And the USA gets the Oblameo shaft.
February 24, 2010
One of the lessons of WWII after the defeats of Germany and Japan. Today we have troops in both places to insure no repeat. CATO warns of the potential problems. One thing about war, it commits you win lose or draw for a very long time. Is as VP Biden said just a few weeks ago, Iraq is one of the Obama Administrations great achievements.
Best we stay as long as needed, likely decades.
Monday, Gen. Odierno remarked that the withdrawal could be slowed. Although we’re supposed to be down under 50K troops by the end of this summer …
As Bush said, you never give time lines to the enemy.
February 23, 2010
Our Mission is Finally Accomplished… Anyone Care?
While many scurried to blame Donald Rumsfeld, General Franks or President Bush for losing the war in Iraq, they bet against the American fighting men and women to turn the tide of the war. “The mission” in Iraq was evil. The troops would never be maligned as they were in Vietnam.
I don’t begrudge these people. They simply will never get it. They are the type of people you need to protect in a society. They are innocent and naive.
It is the job of the warrior to hide them under the bed and tell them it will be okay, before we run off to combat the threat.
July 2, 2009
Saddam said he faked having WMDs
Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein told an FBI interviewer before he was hanged that he led the world to believe that his country had weapons of mass destruction because he did not want to appear weak to the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to declassified FBI documents released Wednesday.
Hussein was quoted as saying that he was so concerned about radical Iranian leaders that he was ready to sign a security agreement with the United States guaranteeing protection from Iran.
In the interviews, Hussein maintained that Iran was Iraq’s major threat due to their common border and believed that Iran sought to annex southern Iraq into Iran.
Saddam also referred to Osama Bin Laden as a “zealot” and said that he did not deal with al-Qaida. But then again, no one ever said he did, that was all a state run media fabrication to hurt Bush.
Of course Saddam had WMD programs, 500 metric tonnes of enriched uranium, about what Iran likely has today, and chemical weapons technology through dual use materials, facilities and machines. So the ruse had enough truth to make it believable.
How did we know Iraq had the enriched uranium? Simple it was shipped to Canada. Just because the state run media didn’t advertise it, doesn’t mean they didn’t know about it. And the chemical weapons dual use technology, yep found all that as well.