During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama promised to end the Iraq War. During the 2012 campaign, he promised that he had ended the Iraq War.
The bombing campaign now underway against ISIS Islamo-lunatics makes clear that the second promise is null and void, and therefore, the first is as well.
And so the extensive catalogue of broken Obama has some new additions.
The president desperately wants to convince us – and, I think, himself – that he has not revived the Iraq war with his “limited” bombing campaign. But make no mistake about it, we are at war. And it’s the identical war George W. Bush had been fighting, and had mostly succeeded in putting an end to before Obama took over the reins. We’re again fighting Sunni extremists.
Obama’s policy of crossing his fingers and trusting Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki to worship at the alter of Thomas Jefferson has failed.
In a formulation that should have provoked peals of laughter, Obama at first claimed Thursday night that by bombing ISIS he was merely trying to prevent a humanitarian disaster and protect U.S. citizens in the Kurdish capital of Irbil.
Really. So now it is U.S. policy to bomb sovereign countries when U.S. citizens who live there are endangered? That would be pretty chilling for the rest of the world if it were the least bit true. But the bombing is about much, much more.
By Saturday morning, Obama was beginning to admit that in fact U.S. fighter jets would be used to help the Kurds battle ISIS, and that the United States would also be conducting counterterriorism operations against the terrorists because of their very public intention to eventually strike the United States.
Get your head around it, Mr. President: WE ARE NOW THE AIR FORCE FOR THE KURDISH PESH MERGA. And eventually, for whatever elements of the Iraqi army aren’t busy tearing off their uniforms and pretending to be farmers.
We are at war again, and it is not because the world is willy-nilly hurtling into chaos. It’s because of Obama policies:
- The president botched Syria, failing to place a bet on more moderate Syrian rebels. I know, I know, there may not have been any moderate Syrian rebels. But given that Assad is our sworn enemy and that we knew there were certainly immoderate Syrian rebels, it was worth a try.
- Obama failed to act against ISIS when it was staging its troops for an Iraq invasion, or anytime afterward when we might have been able to defuse the situation. This, I believe, was at least partially because Obama knew it would be an admission that the war, Bush’s war, wasn’t over.
- Obama failed to maintain, as he was advised by many to do, a presence of several thousand troops in Iraq. This would have helped maintain stability – Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki started arresting his opponents literally the day after U.S. troops departed – and allowed us to maintain monitoring capabilities that could have helped us respond early to ISIS.
The chaos around us, in Iraq and elsewhere, didn’t just happen. It was permitted to happen.
Stability is not a natural force. The tendency of objects is to come apart, not together.
Stability, or relative stability, is something that was maintained in the postwar period by wise U.S. leadership. For the past five and half years we have had unwise leadership. And so instability and chaos have taken root and sprouted, like an untended garden.
Remember, before the United States busted things apart, Iraq was held together only because of a ruthless, pitiless dictator. Since Obama did not provide a modicum of force to hold things in place, something we’ve done in all places where U.S. forces have been victorious, things fell apart.
If you want to know just how wrong Obama got things, take a look at his comments from a press conference he held with Maliki just two and a half years ago:
Today, I’m proud to welcome Prime Minister Maliki — the elected leader of a sovereign, self-reliant and democratic Iraq. We’re here to mark the end of this war; to honor the sacrifices of all those who made this day possible; and to turn the page — begin a new chapter in the history between our countries — a normal relationship between sovereign nations, an equal partnership based on mutual interests and mutual respect.
With respect to security, Iraqi forces have been in the lead for the better part of three years — patrolling the streets, dismantling militias, conducting counterterrorism operations. Today, despite continued attacks by those who seek to derail Iraq’s progress, violence remains at record lows.
And, Mr. Prime Minister, that’s a tribute to your leadership and to the skill and the sacrifices of Iraqi forces.
Turns out it was actually due to the presence of U.S. forces.
And that’s why Obama, and not uncontrollable world events, is responsible for his own broken Iraq promises.