'There’s no doubt there are risks of increased bloodshed in Iraq without a continuing U.S. presence there.'
See that headline? Sen. Barack Obama said it on July 20, 2007. So, he understood that his decision could lead to where we are now.
Of course, he followed it up by saying: "But a US presence there will make it even worse."
“It is my assessment that those risks are even greater if we continue to occupy Iraq and serve as a magnet for not only terrorist activity but also irresponsible behavior by Iraqi factions,” he said.
Shorter Obama: They hate us and they have a point.
It's fair to say now that he got that assessment wrong. Iraq hasn't become a "magnet" for terrorist activity, it is becoming a failed state in the south and a cruel and menacing Islamic caliphate in the north.
It's good that America has gotten back to bombing terrorists. I didn't think Obama really had it in him. Yes, he authorized -- after several call-offs -- the mission to get bin Laden, after he made it clear the he preferred to capture and try the terrorist rather than just take him out. But Obama also helped Islamists take Libya, he helped Islamists take Egypt, he wanted to help Islamists take Syria, and he keeps telling Israel to respond "proportionately" to Hamas rocket attacks.
Just what is a "proportionate" response to genocidal fanatics who don't happen to have expert rocketeers? Should Israel respond to Hamas' wild, indiscriminate rocket attacks with wild, indiscriminate rocket attacks of its own? The "international community" would sure love that.
What is a "proportionate" response to ISIS/ISIL waging genocide against Christians, the Yazidis and even other Muslims in Iraq? If we're being "proportionate," should not Obama authorize enough force to wipe the Islamic State off the face of the earth?
Yes, it's good that Obama ordered some airstrikes to go along with the humanitarian aid. Good, but hardly enough.
Now, for their next trick, watch the Democratmedia turn to accusing Republicans of wanting to re-invade Iraq. It beats holding Obama accountable for his unconscionable, callous decision to leave Iraq to the tender fates of the Middle East.