It’s been a rough couple of days for Team Obama. But honestly, when has it NOT been a rough patch for these guys? It’s all completely deserved, of course. As the president’s poll numbers have already sunk to George W. Bush levels, Obama finds himself in the rather untenable position of having to relitigate the pros and cons of intervening in Iraq all over again. Outgoing Press Secretary Jay Carney was, as expected, pummeled with questions on Thursday about the complete disintegration that we’re seeing right now in Iraq due to Barack’s precipitous withdrawal. The administration is getting a lot of tough questions now from both sides of the aisle about what it plans to do next. Judging from the brief remarks the president made at the White House yesterday, he’ll most likely put the decision back on Congress. That, of course, is ironic, considering his obsession with bypassing Congress and using his “phone and pen” in recent days. But he clearly wants no part of the blame should we have to go back into Iraq in order to fix his mistake. He’s also using the current chaos as an excuse to promote his latest pie-in-the-sky spending initiative: a $5 billion “Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund” that he’s been trying to get Congress to sign off on. With Iraq in disarray, Obama sees the perfect opportunity to try and ram this one through.
In short, Iraq is a mess both literally and politically for the president. But that’s what happens when you try and have it both ways. Obama wanted to have his cake and eat it too by removing all troops from Iraq AND declaring it a success. Sorry, Barry, but you can only have one or the other. And that’s what the media is finally calling his administration out on. Here’s Matt Lee of the Associated Press, attempting to get the State Department to admit that Iraq was a failure for this administration:
“There were factors that we could not have predicted five years ago,” proclaimed State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, after actually forgetting what year it is. And that’s the real problem here. Despite warnings from the John McCains of the world AND his generals on the ground, President Obama couldn’t see beyond his own stubbornness enough to open his big ears and LISTEN. The administration absolutely COULD have predicted five years ago what might happen when they withdrew from Iraq; everyone with any level of common sense about foreign policy was already TELLING them what would happen! They just chose not to listen. And now the chickens have come home to roost. Good luck with this one, Barack.
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