One point I missed in my first look at Obama’s rambling response to whether he had any second thoughts about pulling out of Iraq was this…
Q Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq? And does it give you pause as the U.S. — is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?
THE PRESIDENT: 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.
So it’s Bush fault that Obama pulled out of Iraq.
Obama had spent years boasting about how he ended the Iraq War. But now apparently Bush ended the Iraq War.
The funny thing is that for the first time ever, Obama is almost telling the truth. He did make the final pullout on the Bush timetable. But that’s something that he and his people tried hard to obfuscate, first with a fake premature announcement that the war was over. Then the war “ended” a second time with the final pullout.
So Obama ended the Iraq War twice while repeatedly taking credit for ending the war on the Bush timeline as if it were some sort of brilliant Obama accomplishment.
Now after spending years taking credit for ending the war, Obama claims Republicans are wrongly blaming him for ending the war.
That’s strange since ending the war was 60% of Obama’s foreign policy platform and foreign policy accomplishments, aside from killing Bin Laden. Throughout the 2012 campaign, you constantly heard Obama boasting that he ended the war and killed Bin Laden.
Now that the war thing has gotten complicated, his biggest foreign policy accomplishment is suddenly Bush’s fault.
Obama campaigned twice on ending the Iraq War. But now he had no choice because Bush made him do it.