Originally Posted by Rohirrim
Obama pulled the troops out of Iraq based on the timetable set by Bush and Rumsfeld. The Status of Forces Agreement that the Bush Administration signed with the Iraq government specified that U.S. combat forces would withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and all U.S. forces will be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011. It was Bush that set the date. Not Obama.
And, as Edward Koch put it, "We left because Iraq would not allow us to remain there indefinitely and insisted that if we did remain on at all, American troops would be subject to Iraqi law and Iraqi courts for all of their military actions, which the U.S. would not agree to because it would have exposed American soldiers to personal liability in Iraqi courts."
When will you Righties get tired of mangling history?
The White Houses failure to force iraq to accepting an armed forces agreement that keeps our boys out of their courts would not have been that hard. They just used that for the excuse to leave and it was a huge huge blunder. Does iran care they don't have an agreement as they fly weapons to Syria? hell they probably have been flying them the best in surface to air missiles hoping to make some hits once we do a no fly zone. It was a foreign policy loss for Obama any way you shake it. Either he wanted to leave no forces their which is a mistake, or he failed to get Iraq to agree on an agreement. Also a loss. Either way not a good move by our king.