Editor’s Note: President Obama hailed pulling out of Iraq as a victory in 2011. He spoke very highly of the sacrifices American soldiers had made. What are those sacrifices worth now?
As Iraq spirals out of control, it’s become clear that, once again, the Obama administration has been caught off guard. Worse? Given Barack Obama’s assessment in 2011, this should never have happened:
“Today, I can announce that our review is complete, and that the United States will pursue a new strategy to end the war in Iraq through a transition to full Iraqi responsibility.
This strategy is grounded in a clear and achievable goal shared by the Iraqi people and the American people: an Iraq that is sovereign, stable, and self-reliant.
[W]e will work to promote an Iraqi government that is just, representative, and accountable, and that provides neither support nor safe haven to terrorists.”
How’d that all work out?