Friday, June 13, 2014

Slate: The U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 was a Huge Mistake

Via Instapundit comes this from Slate today:

The United States made a grave mistake by invading Iraq in 2003. Yet it also made a grave mistake by withdrawing its military forces in 2011. 
The notion that we were wrong to go in but that we were also wrong to get out is hard to comprehend for many people. Once Americans collectively settled on the idea that the Iraq War was a disaster, it was perhaps inevitable that we’d want to wash our hands of the whole ordeal. President Obama appeared to do just that when he declared in December of 2011 that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq,” knowing full well that we were doing no such thing. The disaster that is the Iraq War did not end when the last convoy of U.S. combat troops left the country more than three years ago, as many of us are now learning as the fragile Iraqi state loses ground to Sunni extremists.
Afghanistan: History repeats itself? (and that was the "good" war according to Obama).
Flashback : Obama criticizes Romney over the argument we should have kept some troops in Iraq…
President Obama bragging about his Iraq legacy was premature…
President Obama's popularity level as low as President George W. Bush's
Hillary Clinton defends the decision to withdraw from Iraq in 2011 (She is great at taking the credit but not the blame, says she and Obama just followed the Bush schedule…)
Obama's Legacy in Syria and Iraq: I.S.I.S.


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    1. PS I don't think we were wrong to go there.

      Al Qaeda was gutted and thrown into disrepute there.


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