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Friday, October 28, 2016

Based on the Republican presidential candidates’ reactions to Barack Obama’s announcement today that the United States will withdraw all of its military forces from Iraq by the end of the year, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Obama administration’s approach to Iraq was a sharp break from the policies of George W. Bush. There’s just one problem with that theory: The president who got us into that quagmire was the same one who set the deadline to get us out — even if Bush didn’t necessarily mean it when he said America would be gone by the beginning of 2012.

Elected in large part because he promised a departure with the torture, endless wars, and chaos of the early Bush era, Barack Obama’s foreign policy has largely resembled a liberal version of the more moderate track Bush took toward in his final years, keeping on Robert Gates at the Pentagon and continuing with a surge in Afghanistan that bore a remarkable resemblance to the one Bush (somewhat succesfully) engineered in Iraq at the close of 2006.

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  • Newborn

    It’s very sad to realize that President Obama will pass to history as the W # 2.

  • dadsspook58

    The republicans are not happy about the Iraq withdrawal plan? The GOP leadership (president George W Bush, congress, Donald Rumsfeld and vp Cheyney) got us into the Iraq war with lies. No WMD’s were found and all the experts agreed that there weren’t any. Of course, the democrats also voted to go, so they are not without blame. Now, our troops are coming home and the republicans don’t like it. Well, let the republicans and their family members pickup weapons and go and fight. Our family members, friends and loved ones will be coming home.

  • PortuguesePete

    I am so sick of Liberals stating that the obvious that Barack Obama is not perfect. Show me any President in History that was perfect. Washington? Lincoln? Roosevelt? Reagan? Clinton? When do we declare that Obama is just the best we have at this moment? Are we going to hand the Presidency over to the Republicans because we’re frustrated he’s not perfect? He is cleaning up a mess left by his predecessor. And no, he is not a dictator. He has constitutional constrains. And by the way the areas of foreign policy he needs no cooperation from the Republicans he does well. I imagine how well he would do if Congress was not made up of professional obstructionists. It’s time to get out priorities in order and support this President because if we don’t we will be kicking ourselves in the butt in 2013. For further clarification please read my blog:

  • angryspittle

    I didn’t vote for Bush III but that is what I got. More war, more drone attacks, more murder inc. around the world, fewer civil rights, more Gitmo. They should repossess the Nobel Peace Prize. They gave it to the wrong guy.

  • patsypersona

    The US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement spelled out the withdrawal plan of our military withdrawal and was codified by the Iraq security Council on Dec. 4, 2008.
    It is fair for Matt to point this out clearly And I am always amazed that writers and people come up with comments as if the US is the center of the univers and we
    have no others to consider — we should just get our way. There was an agreement
    to fulfill and a plan. Republicans will find fault with anything Obama does… understood!I agree with the commenter Portugese Pete who siad he is sick of liberals who state the obvious that Obama is not perfect. Of all the things Bush did re Iraq, the SOFA was by far, the most reasonable of acts. What do you jokers
    want Obama to do — stir up issues that were settled and jeporadize bringing our troops home? There was an opening in the bush agreement as to keeping troops there and issue of their prosecurtoral immunity. So what. Time to get all the troops out except for the staff in the American embassy