Former SECDEF and CIA Director Leon Panetta has released an excerpt from his memoirs, Worthy Fights, in which he lays out precisely what nearly everyone who paid any attention at all (to someone other than Chris Matthews, at least) in the last four years knew to be true. Obama cut and ran from Iraq for domestic political reasons. The WAPO, of all places, has the story.
(Michele) Flournoy argued our case, and those on our side viewed the White House as so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather than lock in arrangements that would preserve our influence and interests.
Barack Obama threw away a victory paid for with the blood of American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. He did so with the cavalier disregard of someone discarding old socks. Obama rendered the blood and sacrifice of our service men and women moot. Watching ISIS roll over Anbar Province, taking control of places whose names evoke such strong emotion in those who were there, Ramadi and Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit, engendered in me a seething anger that has not really dissipated. Anger at Barack Hussein Obama for his dereliction of duty, and for the Useful Idiots who believed his far-fetched fabrications, and who yet refuse to place responsibility for ISIS and Iraq’s current troubles on the man whose blithe and egregious neglect of his responsibilities brought on precisely what he was warned about. It must be akin to a Vietnam Veteran watching the fall of Saigon.
Maybe it was Leon Panetta’s time in uniform (He was a United States Army Intelligence Officer) that would not allow him to ignore the despicable falsehoods perpetrated by his boss, especially when he knew the price that had been paid for the gains Obama was throwing away. Whichever, Panetta puts paid to the lies of this Administration regarding ISIS and his headlong skedaddle from Iraq. Panetta goes further.
To this day, I believe that a small U.S. troop presence in Iraq could have effectively advised the Iraqi military on how to deal with al-Qaeda’s resurgence and the sectarian violence that has engulfed the country.
Barack Obama has not told the truth about a single act or decision he has made. His is the most malignant, corrosive, dishonest, and damaging presidency in the history of our nation. The blood of the mass murders committed daily in Iraq is largely on his hands. Not that he cares. He got re-elected. Much to this great nation’s detriment.
“The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world.” – Ayn Rand