WASHINGTON, Aguust 13, 2014 — In a rare moment of transparency last week, President Obama took some time to answer some questions about the deteriorating situation in Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State.
When asked whether he had any regrets about pulling the ground troops out of Iraq the president said:
What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision. Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government. In order for us to maintain troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of the Iraqi government and we needed assurances that our personnel would be immune from prosecution if, for example, they were protecting themselves and ended up getting in a firefight with Iraqis, that they wouldn’t be hauled before an Iraqi judicial system.
The President should get himself checked for amnesia; in an address on August 31, 2010 he specifically said that it was not only his decision but a promise he made to the American people:
“So tonight, I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country.
“This was my pledge to the American people as a candidate for this office. Last February, I announced a plan that would bring our combat brigades out of Iraq, while redoubling our efforts to strengthen Iraq’s Security Forces and support its government and people.
“That’s what we’ve done. We’ve removed nearly 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. We’ve closed or transferred to the Iraqis hundreds of bases. And we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out of Iraq.”
This isn’t the first time the president has told a bold-face lie to the American people, but with his “If you like your health careplan, you can keep it” lie, his latest fabrication makes the top 3 list. It also raises the question, do Obama and his administration really think we’re that stupid?
Are we to believe that the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, something the president repeatedly campaigned on, was not his decision? National Review’s Ron Fournier called Obama out in a tweet on August 9:
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) August 9, 2014
The current situation in Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State are most definitely products of the failed Obama Doctrine. Not only did Obama make the decision to pull ground troops out of Iraq, he did it despite warnings from key military leaders. The same President Obama said in a speech on September 13, 2012 just days after the attack in Benghazi:
Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq — and we did. I said we’d wind down the war in Afghanistan — and we are. And while a new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.” He repeated that line again on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati and again that day in Columbus, Ohio.
It seems as if Obama was ready to say and do anything that would help out his election campaign and we are now paying the price. This is not only true in the Middle East, but in Eastern Europe, where the President was caught saying “I’ll have more flexibility after the election” to then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
So does Obama really think we are that stupid? Apparently; some would even say we really are that stupid. But a more optimistic view is that this nation is starting to see through the lies and deception of the Obama Administration. Obama is currently tanking in the polls and it looks like the Republicans have a good shot of taking back the Senate. If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that the Islamic State is out there and it’s going to take a little more than the “blame game” to stop them.
President Obama speaks from Martha’s Vineyard 8/11/2014