We Only Have Ourselves to Blame.
And by “we” – I mean all you Obama voters, because I’m not responsible for this shit.
Via Puppy Blender, The Lies Americans Were Sold in 2012 Exploding in 2013
By 2012 no one should have believed the snake oil Obama was selling, but the election results demonstrate that we are in no short supply of fools here. But this – this- is very, very bad.
Before the deadly attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the president speaking on the stump would regularly declare Al Qaeda to be “on the run.” The killing of Osama bin Laden and the withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq represented opportunities for boasting – opportunities which the president and his supporters regularly took – but those, too, are proving themselves to be merely rhetorical victories.
In an attack characterized by breathtaking scale and coordination, two prisons in Iraq came under assault last week. That attack resulted in the liberation of hundreds of Al Qaeda militants and terrorist operatives. “We are concerned about the increased tempo and sophistication of Al Qaeda operations in Iraq,” a State Department official told the New York Times on Wednesday. Nevertheless, America is at a loss to do anything about this troubling development, considering the president negotiated and signed a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq’s government which required the removal of even American military advisors.
“Iraqi forces had performed poorly and that it was clear their skills had deteriorated now that the American troops training them were gone,” reads the Times account of the aftermath of that attack. That brazen assault was preceded days prior by a wave of car bombs that took the lives of 46 Baghdadis. This assault, too, bore the hallmarks of Iraq’s Al Qaeda affiliate.
Iraq’s relative stability is a thing of the past. The strategically vital Middle Eastern state is rapidly descending into the chaos that hundreds of American servicemen sacrificed everything to stave off.
Al Qaeda. Alive and thriving in IRAQ. Because of Obama.
The Obama Administration also deserves a share of the blame. After promising for years that it would conduct a responsible withdrawal of combat troops while leaving a residual U.S. troop presence for training and advising Iraqi forces, the Administration opted to pull the plug and remove military advisers in late 2011. This greatly weakened Iraq’s ability to keep the pressure on AQI and to limit Iran’s growing influence.
But President Obama glossed over the dangerous security implications of his decision and used it to boost his re-election prospects in a televised speech in which he proclaimed: “Today, I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”
It’s funny, because Obama said in 2011:
“Iraq’s not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations and we are ending a war not with a final battle but with a final march toward home. This is an extraordinary achievement”.
Stable? 1,045 were killed in May. June numbers were lower – 756, but that’s not exactly much to brag about.