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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Obama's top general reqrets quitting Iraq

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno is retiring. He talked to Fox News about many things, including the Islamic State in Iraq:

“It's frustrating to watch it. I go back to the work we did in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 and we got it to a place that was really good. Violence was low, the economy was growing, politics looked like it was heading in the right direction.”


“If we had stayed a little more engaged, I think maybe it might have been prevented. I've always believed the United States played the role of honest broker between all the groups and when we pulled ourselves out, we lost that role.”

The blood is on the hands of President Obama.


  1. There would be no blood on President Obama's hands if the U.S. never invaded in the first place. Kicking Sadam's arse was never going to be an issue. That was a foregone conclusion. Starting a one-sided war with no long-term strategy or exit plan was the problem. When President Bush said, "we are going to kick Sadam's backside cause he is evil," of course everyone supported him. Easy sell. Had Bush added, "and it's going to take at least 10 years to provide any sort of clarity or stability." Well, who was going to buy that? Wouldn't matter if McCain or Romney would be in the White House now either. Bush's successor was dealt an unwinnable hand with regards to Iraq. Speaking of blood, who is responsible for the blood spilt my thousands of American soldiers. History has shown war is the lesser evil course of action and the U.S. bravely stood up for the world on many occasions. Iraq did not meet this criteria.

    1. McCain was asked in the 2008 campaign whether the U.S. Would be in Iraq for 50 years, his response was "I certainly hope so". That was not a revelation that he got after being in Iraq for a few years, it was his assumption going in, and so to for any other senator willing to be truthful.

      Look at history, it would have been better to stop hitler in 1937 than fighting him at his full strength in 1942. Agreed that getting in and then abandoning is worse than never getting in, but it only delays the inevitable bloody war and allows us to choose where it is fought. I certainly choose there and not here.

    2. Paul - Comparing Saddam and his fledgling third-world army to the brutal war machine that Nazi Germany assembled throughout the 1930s is laughable. I do appreciate your preventative perspective. It does not aptly apply to Iraq though.

  2. Obama announcing an exit date put all parties on notice that on that date, Iraq was up for grabs. We are still in Germany, and in Korea.