A recent article by Scott Wilson (published on June 19 at 4:22 PM in the Washington Post), reviews one of the oddities of the Obama Presidency. President Barack Obama Iraq withdrawal decision wasn’t taken by President Barack Obama.
I have selected a few paragraphs to be included here (and none of the related conversations between JM and Grandpa). However you may read the whole article at The Washington Post Blog
President Obama took credit in 2012 for withdrawing all troops from Iraq. Today he said something different.
President Obama surprised a few people during a news conference Thursday by claiming that the 2011 decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq, a politically popular move on the eve of an election year, was made entirely by his Iraqi counterpart. The implication ran counter to a number of claims that Obama has made in the past, most notably during a tight campaign season two years ago, when he suggested that it was his decision to leave Iraq and end an unpopular war.
For much of that election year, Obama had included a line of celebration in his standard stump speech, one that among an electorate exhausted by more than a decade of war always drew a rousing applause: “Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq,” Obama proclaimed in Bowling Green, Ohio, in September 2012, and did nearly every day after until the election. “We did.”
On Thursday, Obama addressed reporters in the White House Briefing Room about Iraq’s latest crisis. “Do you wish you had left a residual force in Iraq? Any regrets about that decision in 2011?” a reporter asked. “Well, keep in mind that wasn’t a decision made by me,” Obama said. “That was a decision made by the Iraqi government.”
I have nothing else to add.
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I guess someone may be confused. But it is Mr. President word: Obama Iraq withdrawal decision was not taken by Barack Obama.