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The President Who Lost Iraq
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/26/2013 12:45:59 PM

The New York Times reports that the United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq “to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and neighboring Syria.” This happens in the context of the deaths of more than 8,000 Iraqis in 2013, the highest level of violence since 2008. The Times’s Michael Gordon and Eric Schmitt write, “Al Qaeda’s regional affiliate, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has become a potent force in northern and western Iraq… The surge in violence


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Grady, 12/26/2013 12:52:56 PM     (No. 9668469)

This article could also be titled:
The President who joined Al Qaeda

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Reply 2 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/26/2013 12:58:12 PM     (No. 9668478)

I wonder whether the loss of Iraq was necessary to Obama so that he could allow Iran to become a nuclear power. If we had troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan he would have the threat of military action in his bag of tricks. Removing the troops also made negotiating with the Taliban look reasonable even though it made us look very weak to our enemies. Lack of troops and perceived weakness lead to concessions.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 12/26/2013 1:12:05 PM     (No. 9668492)

Why would Iraq being taken over by Al Qaeda be considered a "loss" for 0bama?

He´s clearly on Al Qaeda´s side in their fanatic zeal to terrorize the world. Zippy is undoubtedly laughing up his sleeve at these developments.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chatham, 12/26/2013 1:51:40 PM     (No. 9668534)

This "President" is just LOST.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pearson365, 12/26/2013 2:21:04 PM     (No. 9668555)

Could expand title to read, "The President who Lost Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt and most importantly, America."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: absalom, 12/26/2013 2:23:30 PM     (No. 9668558)

The fiasco that is Iraq is wholly owned by George the Compassionate, despite Obama´s incompetence, and insisting otherwise is both dishonest and predictable of delusional minds like Wehner´s. Iraq is the consequence of the progressive conceit that we know what´s best for the world. Wilson, after the Great War, insisted the world ´be made safe for democracy´. The result was catastrophic upheaval that still reverberates today. Bush was driven by the naive impulse of ´bringing democracy to the Arabs´ despite that reality that Islam is viscerally hostile and incompatible w/democratic notions. The results are plain for all to see and the consequences to the reputation of the USA, fateful.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: sanchin, 12/26/2013 2:50:23 PM     (No. 9668586)

Sorry, but I find it difficult to lose something you never had. If security in Iraq is dependent on keeping American forces there indefinitely, then what was achieved? Secure the oil fields and let the country solve its own problems and chart their own course.

We should be more focused on correcting the fact that the last few presidents (yes both Bush´s and Clinton as well as this one) have lost for our children and grand children the America that led and inspired the world.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JediJerry, 12/26/2013 4:35:30 PM     (No. 9668691)

The President who won the war on the west, and assisted in advancing the Islamic caliphate state and has plans for becoming the Caliph of the entire Muslim Empire some day. The US Presidency is just a stepping stone. If you think he is dangerous for the country now, just wait. The entire planet is on his things to fundamentally transform list. Hey, just sayin...gotta watch out for this guy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: harper, 12/26/2013 7:26:12 PM     (No. 9668864)

Iraq is the key to the middle east, and if we had won and stayed there, it would have become the key to moving the entire mid east out of the middle ages. With lots of oil, water, and enough arable land it is the most likely place for civilization to gain a permanent toehold, and the rest of that horrific region would have been slowly drawn in to a positive future.

Too bad the black hats are so heavily invested in a muzzie-centric bloated UN that is hooked on western dollars and is betting on a terrorist future and continued support from guilt-wracked western progressives.

Success in Iraq could have had the same effect as the Reagan-Thatcher-Pope John Paul defeat of the USSR. But such moral strength is altogether lacking these days.

Instead the same western naysayers and commie fellow travelers that were so successfully shunted aside when the USSR was dealt with were able to use their bully pulpit in the media to stop the modernization of MuzzWorld in it´s tracks.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Butch, 12/26/2013 7:41:02 PM     (No. 9668872)

Oh hell, Barack Obama threw away security in Iraq. The US never "owned" Iraq - who said that we did? - but Obama refused to even seek a Status of Forces agreement with the Iraqis, much less maintain even a single garrison there. That refusal was reckless, completely unnecessary, and inexcusable.

The United States has forces in over 150 other nations. Lots of forces: over 68,000 in Europe, 49,000 in Japan, and almost 30,000 in South Korea. Europe, Japan, and Korea looked like basket causes when US forces were first stationed on their soil. They´re doing vastly better now, thanks to our the presence of our GIs. I´m not a fan of the supremely arrogant Woodrow Wilson either, but he was hardly the only proponent of active American diplomacy and military presence. On the whole American commitment to democratic principles has made a big difference around the world, for many decades.

I believe that Iraq had a decent chance of becoming stable and prosperous over time - as happened in Japan, Europe, and Korea. Now no one will ever know whether the sacrifices of American troops in Iraq were in vain - thanks solely to Barack Obama´s laziness and fecklessness. This disaster is not George W. Bush´s fault.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: eorsc, 12/26/2013 8:45:09 PM     (No. 9668921)

Well--Obama said he could side with the Muslims if it came down to it. He has actually gone with the Islamists every time.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: PI65, 12/26/2013 9:01:21 PM     (No. 9668946)

Mistake from the beginning. Semper Fi

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Butch, 12/26/2013 11:08:58 PM     (No. 9669012)

#12 You may well be right. But even if Iraq was one big mistake, there was absolutely no reason for Barack Obama to throw away all the gains that American troops fought so hard for. When Obama took office, Iraq was better off than it had been in decades. The heavy lifting had already been done. Iraq had a chance to prosper. Sure, that might have worked out badly in the long run, but then again, maybe not. Iraq had a chance at freedom, which is more than it had ever had.

Barack Obama wantonly threw away all the hard-fought progress in Iraq, for no good reason. Even if you think the war was a mistake, there was no good reason to throw all our progress away. None. (Personally, I think Obama was trying to spite George W. Bush, in a gratuitous swipe that helped no one and hurt millions of Iraqis.)

Obama´s behavior was utterly senseless and reckless - as it always is, in every single thing he does.

Indeed, The President Who Lost Iraq. Shame. Perfidy. Pettiness. Obama.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: PI65, 12/27/2013 12:00:12 AM     (No. 9669047)

#13 It was always going to fail after we left. Those people have been at it for centuries and will continue long after you and I have left this earth. A senseless waste of our most precious treasure. Again, Semper Fi

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Italiano, 12/27/2013 12:10:36 AM     (No. 9669049)

He has much to answer for. Hopefully soon.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lalo, 12/27/2013 12:31:11 AM     (No. 9669060)

Thank you ## 9, 10 and 13 for the particularly lucid comments.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: absalom, 12/27/2013 1:48:56 PM     (No. 9669820)

Watch the Bush fans instantly man the barricades when his incompetence is exposed, so lets do a reality check about Iraq.
#1. Schwarzkopf had imposed a no fly zone in the Kurdish north at Mosul and in the Shiite south at Basra, effectively partitioning Iraq into three. W/our satellites plus drone and manned air technology we could destroy anything that moved. There was no need for a land war. NONE!!! Saddam was prostrate.
#2. Nevertheless Tommy Franks executed a brilliant helo/tank blitz thru the Euphrates and Tigris Valley, storming Baghdad in a thundering coup de main within three months w/less than 100 kia; an astonishing achievement, rivaling Alexander´s defeat of the Persians at Gaugamela in 331 BC.
The toppling of Saddam´s statue was the decisive moment to impose our will and bend Iraq to our will. So where was the plan??? THERE WAS NO PLAN!!! Bush, fantasizing about Paris in ´44, assumed the Iraqi´s would shower our troops w/flowers and kisses, shed their religious intolerance and embrace democratic ideals. Sure. After early euphoria and looting, the sectarian insurgency ushered in the long death spiral we see today.
We needed hard men of the caliber of Von Bismarck and Disraeli at the helm in 2000. Instead we had Bush, a naive fantasist, clearly way out of his depth. The consequence was an enormous loss of blood, treasure and face for the USA.

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