August 10, 2014

Obama: Iraq 2011? Like, totally to my credit ending that war. Today’s FUBAR? NOT my decision to pull out troops. [Darleen Click]


So stop asking, peasants.

When he was running for re-election in 2012, President Barack Obama repeatedly took credit for ending the war in Iraq and bringing all U.S. troops home from that country. At the White House on Saturday, however, when talking about his decision to use military force against the al-Qaida-related ISIS terrorist group in Iraq, Obama said removing all U.S. troops from Iraq was not “my decision.”

“You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” Obama said in Hollywood, Florida on Nov. 4, 2012. “I said I’d end the war in Iraq. I ended it.”

On the South Lawn of the White House today, after Obama explained why he had ordered the U.S. military to renew airstrikes in Iraq, a reporter asked Obama about his decision to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq.

“Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq?” the reporter asked. “And does it give you pause as the U.S.–is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?”

“What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision,” Obama said. […]

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“So let’s just be clear: The reason that we did not have a follow-on force in Iraq was because the Iraqis were–a majority of Iraqis did not want U.S. troops there, and politically they could not pass the kind of laws that would be required to protect our troops in Iraq,” said Obama.

Obama went on to say that he does not believe it would not have made any difference if he had decided to keep troops in Iraq.

“The only difference would be we’d have a bunch of troops on the ground that would be vulnerable,” said Obama. “And however many troops we had, we would have to now be reinforcing, I’d have to be protecting them, and we’d have a much bigger job. And probably, we would end up having to go up again in terms of the number of grounds troops to make sure that those forces were not vulnerable.

So that entire analysis is bogus and is wrong,” said Obama. “But it gets frequently peddled around here by folks who oftentimes are trying to defend previous policies that they themselves made.”

Get that, you obstructionists and holders of genetically inherited racism?

Everything good is to IWonPhonePen’s credit.

Everything bad is because of BusHitlerKochBrothersChristianJewHomophobes.


Posted by Darleen @ 11:39am

Comments (26)

  1. It’s all still the filmmaker’s fault.

    Get him!

  2. Everyone knows “Koch” is, like, Yiddish for “Emmanuel Goldstein.”

  3. Yeah, nobody’s madder about all these policy failures than Obama, and if he can ever figure out who is in charge of all of these Federal Executive Departments and Agencies, he’ll open a big can of whoop-ass on that dude…

    And that Commander-in-Chief guy? SO totally in trouble, once they find him.

    Meanwhile, watch this putt… (Wait, isn’t that the guy who framed OJ over there?)

  4. Look, we beat Germany and Japan almost 70 years ago, and we still have troops there. Amazingly enough, they are models of decency and stability and “Rule of Law”. We left troops in South Korea, which is overwhelmingly rich compared to the “People’s Republic of Heaven on Earth” to their north.

    Iraq and Lebanon? We pulled out like a teenager in the backseat who feels the condom break, and look at the mess they are today.

    One would think there is a lesson to be learned there…

  5. This assclown has attained the office of President of the United States not once, but twice.
    So, am I to believe that the Office of the President is really over rated if not worthless?
    Or that we’re so far gone as a country that we’d elect said assclown as President twice?

  6. . . . that we’re so far gone as a country . . .

    Only this.

    Nothing else.

  7. Every generation or so the electorate loses what ever passed for its mind. See also “Jimmy Carter,” “Woodrow Wilson,” and “Franklin Roosevelt’s fourth term.”

  8. Yeah, the public needs a lesson every few decades on what it means to allow Democrats to run things…

    There is a reason why there has not been a Democrat incumbent passing the Oval Office to a Democrat since the Civil War. (The only times there have been back-to-back Democrats has been because of a death in office, cf FDR & JFK.)

  9. Normally, I would consider your words to be encouraging, McGehee.
    But now, I see our nation facing greater peril than it ever has, and that it has never been more ill prepared to face those perils than it is now.

  10. For some reason a number of people consider LBJ being followed by Nixon (who created a great number of vote-buying institutions) no less than a democrat following a democrat. Similar loose, plausibly construable views could be argued regarding Bush 43 following Clinton, who after all was written and put into law, made no inroads on the disastrous course upon which the nation has been set. GWBush at least seemed to understand how to take responsibility for his decisions, and in this differed mightily from our current imbecile. But it the people in their own actions, not merely in their infantile voting either, who abdicate responsibility. This is the thing to change.

  11. Bingo, sdferr. Ultimately, the final and greatest responsibility-and blame- rests with ‘we the people’.
    Without their approval, or silent acceptance, you couldn’t have people the likes of Obama, Reid, and Kerry, to name a few, in the positions they’re in.
    And none of this crap could go on without it, either.

  12. For some reason a number of people consider LBJ being followed by Nixon (who created a great number of vote-buying institutions) no less than a democrat following a democrat.

    Q: If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?
    A: Still only four. Calling a tail a leg does not make it so.

  13. I don’t get you Drumwaster. But that’s ok.

  14. Calling Nixon a Democrat does not make him a Democrat. A liberal Republican, sure, but not a Democrat.

  15. As though the thought of equivocation were never to enter anyone’s head? Nor be explicitly pointed out? Ha. But nevermind.

  16. What ClownCatastrophe saidsayssaidsaysaidsays.

    Doesn’t matter peons, because you don’t matter, peons.

  17. Claiming it is “equivocation” still doesn’t make a tail a leg, even if it is prehensile…

    I know, I know, analogies are tough to keep track of, but you could try. (Maybe I should call them “parables” instead.)

  18. Hang in there Drumwaster, I’m confident you’ll figure it out one of these days.

  19. The point of my comment was not the party to which certain most recent examples belonged. Some could argue that Carter was at least in part the fault of Nixon and Ford — and on the matter of re-election Nixon qualifies where Carter did not.

    Nor did every presidential idiocy lead to an immediate resurrection of voter lucidity; Wilson was followed by Harding, whose one good presidential decision turned out to be Coolidge.

  20. Greetings:

    Wasn’t it President Obama who first said, “The buck stops there.” ???

  21. Come on, McGehee: Harding was a good President. He helped keep the Economy from going into a Hoover/FDR-like Depression – give the guy that.

  22. Obama to world, “Put your own lid on it, I’m outta here.”

  23. So where, one wonders, was the “lid” on the jihadis who rented the property next-door to the “consulate” in Benghazi — if “wherever we are” is the criterion of action? Guess that pot-top just slipped by unnoticed? Bullshit. The people in the “consulate” noticed, and feared for their lives.

  24. Well, I read somewhere that Warren G. was so pissed after he learned about the Teapot Dome affair that he was caught throttling the guy behind it, just in time for said culprit to escape with his life — so I should show the man more respect.

    Still, Coolidge contributed more to staving off the collapse than his predecessor did, and not only because he was president longer.

  25. Rush ripped Obama a new one over this very statement. Called him a liar before God and man and everything. It’s impossible to disagree. The only thing Obama hasn’t underestimated during his presidency is his own ability to do the job.