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President Obama has fought the right wars unlike Bush 43.

Updated on September 16, 2014

President Obama has fought the right wars unlike Bush 43.

President Obama’s original position on Iraq, as a Presidential candidate, encompassed compassion for US soldiers and innocent Iraqis, and realized that our assets couldn’t be squandered in a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. President Obama, as a Presidential candidate, wanted to continue the attack on Afghanistan because that was the location of the 9/11 madmen. President Obama got bin laden not Bush 43 who made the cowboy stand of getting him dead or alive.

Now President Obama is stuck in Bush 43’s Middle East quagmire, the dream that the PNAC zealots prayed for. Unlike enforcing an US hegemony over the world--the GOP prayer, President Obama has prayed for our soldiers and innocent Iraqis.

President Obama’s original position on Iraq, as a Presidential candidate.

The article “Barack Obama and what he said on the Iraq war” states “President Barack Obama was an early opponent of the Iraq war…Ending the Iraq war fulfils a promise that helped Obama win the presidency in 2008 and allows the White House to focus more on Afghanistan as well as economic worries at home, where the high jobless rate is a major concern for voters.”

The article has this October 2002 quote “ Obama, then a state senator from Illinois, delivers a speech in Chicago against the Iraq war. "I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war."

Yes, it was a dumb war and it was a preemptive war which the UN bans.

In this July 2007 candidate Obama essay the article states “In an essay published in Foreign Affairs magazine, Obama calls the Iraq invasion a war "that never should have been authorised and never should have been waged." He calls for a phased withdrawal of US forces "with the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008."

The article reminds us that President Obama is not responsible for our troop withdrawal as the article states “November 2008 – The United States and Iraq complete a Status of Forces agreement that requires US troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of 2011.”

President Obama was wary of the ramifications of a radical Shiite despotas the article “In U.S. Exit From Iraq, Failed Efforts and Challenges” illustrates.

The article states “The request was an unusual one, and President Obama himself made the confidential phone call to Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi president.

Marshaling his best skills at persuasion, Mr. Obama asked Mr. Talabani, a consummate political survivor, to give up his post. It was Nov. 4, 2010, and the plan was for Ayad Allawi to take Mr. Talabani’s place.

With Mr. Allawi, a secular Shiite and the leader of a bloc with broad Sunni support, the Obama administration calculated, Iraq would have a more inclusive government and would check the worrisome drift toward authoritarianism under Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki….

The attempt by Mr. Obama and his senior aides to fashion an extraordinary power-sharing arrangement between Mr. Maliki and Mr. Allawi never materialized. Neither did an agreement that would have kept a small American force in Iraq to train the Iraqi military and patrol the country’s skies. A plan to use American civilians to train the Iraqi police has been severely cut back. The result is an Iraq that is less stable domestically and less reliable internationally than the United States had envisioned.”

President Obama prayed for our soldiers and acknowledged our losses.

The article “Barack Obama marks end of Iraq war with tribute to troops” states “President Barack Obama has welcomed home some of the last US troops from Iraq, marking a symbolic end to the nearly nine-year war that strained America's armed forces and inflicted lasting damage to its standing worldwide.” President Obama said “As your commander in chief and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words – welcome home, welcome home, welcome home."

The article reminds us of the grim costs of this war “The war killed 4,500 US troops and at least 60,000 Iraqis. Mr Obama said on Tuesday the war would cost more than $1 trillion all told.”

President Obama realized where bin laden was unlike the Bush 43 dolts.

The article “Obama's Afghan Position 2007-2008: A Reminder” in thisJuly 15, 2007 quotes the states “Sen. Barack Obama will propose deploying two additional U.S brigades to Afghanistan in a speech Wednesday mapping out his approach to combating terrorism, an adviser said.
Following up on his vigorous debate with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton over how to handle leaders of hostile states, Obama will "talk forthrightly" about the need to take action across the border in Pakistan if United States intelligence officials believe they have actionable intelligence about terrorist activity.”

Regarding August 01, 2007candidate Obama remarks the article states “We did not finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. We did not develop new capabilities to defeat a new enemy, or launch a comprehensive strategy to dry up the terrorists' base of support. We did not reaffirm our basic values, or secure our homeland.

It is time to turn the page. When I am President, we will wage the war that has to be won, with a comprehensive strategy with five elements: getting out of Iraq and on to the right battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan; developing the capabilities and partnerships we need to take out the terrorists and the world's most deadly weapons; engaging the world to dry up support for terror and extremism; restoring our values; and securing a more resilient homeland.

The first step must be getting off the wrong battlefield in Iraq, and taking the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Candidate Obama said “They are plotting to kill Americans right now. As Secretary Gates, the defense secretary, said, the war against terrorism began in that region and that's where it will end. So part of the reason I think it's so important for us to end the war in Iraq is to be able to get more troops into Afghanistan, put more pressure on the Afghan government to do what it needs to do, eliminate some of the drug trafficking that's funding terrorism.

And if we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act and we will take them out. We will kill bin Laden; we will crush Al Qaida. That has to be our biggest national security priority.”

President Obama got bin laden and what did the vile GOP operatives do?

They got Bush 43’s spokesperson, Dick Cheney, to attack.

The article “Says President Barack Obama said when "we got bin Laden, terrorism problem solved." illustrates how the GOP knows only attack and lie.

Dick Cheney on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 in an interview on ABC's "This Week"

Dick Cheney says President Obama claimed terrorism was 'solved' with Osama bin Laden's death

Cheney said “Obama’s withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan will allow more terrorists to gain a foothold in those countries and threaten U.S. interests.” The GOP wasted our resources in Iraq when they could have gotten bin laden in the early moments of our attack on Afghanistan. How would our national security status look if it weren’t for these blunders?

The US mainstream media allowed a GOP propagandist to lie again as Cheney is quoted as saying "The scope of the problem, in part, is based upon an unwillingness by the president to recognize we have a problem."

Now President Obama is stuck in Bush 43’s Middle East quagmire, the dream that the PNAC zealots prayed for.

The article “Project For The New American Century - Pnac” states “The Project for the New American Century -- better known as PNAC -- is a neoconservative think tank whose ideas were made policy during the W-Bush administration…..

Assured that the White House would soon be theirs, the PNAC debuted their 76-page blueprint to achieve world domination. "Rebuilding America's Defenses" became the PNAC's manifesto, detailing the ideal level of military power to specifically eliminate the hostile regimes of Iraq, Iran, Syria and North Korea and endorsing preemptive strikes against them, tradition be damned. Iraq was given star billing as Control Central for their Mid-East base of operations.”

Candidate Obama was correct—Bush 43’s Iraq war was a dumb war.

President Obama tried to get the right Iraqi as president, but couldn’t remove the despot Bush 43 picked who enraged the Sunnis and caused ISIS to form. Candidate Obama was correct and has been consistent in that he wasn’t against all wars and wanted to get bin laden and Al Qaida, who attacked us.


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      Mark Jay Harris 

      4 years ago from Smithfield, Utah

      @retief2000 and Dr Billy Kidd. This article inspired me to get some more facts on the table so I created this hub to address why we really went into Iraq the first time and how Obama has dismantled all our hard work and put us in the situation we now find ourselves in:

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      Mark Jay Harris 

      4 years ago from Smithfield, Utah

      @retief2000 - well said! It's scary, but you nailed it on the head. We're in deep doo doo if we don't get a real leader soon! I hope we can make it the next 2 years.

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      4 years ago

      Saddam Hussein sheltered terrorists in Iraq, so long as their efforts were focused outward. He paid bounties to terrorist organizations and supported them financially. He also had contact with Al Qaeda. He sought uranium in Africa, despite the often repeated lie of the left. He failed to adhere to the terms for cease fire at the end of the Persian Gulf War.

      Saddam was a bad actor in every way. He was worse than Qaddafi and yet it is the destruction of Libya that lefties support. Libya is a failed state and a stronghold for Al Qaeda - this is considered a success? At least in Iraq the Kurds are free and stable - for now. It is only a matter of time before Obama throws them to the wolves, just like Ukraine.

      As for a status of forces agreement in Iraq - Obama's obvious inability to lead will cost Americans many more war dead before it all settles down again. This is the same road the world was on in 1938. Obama is a weakling and the world knows it.

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      Mark Jay Harris 

      4 years ago from Smithfield, Utah

      Dr Billy Kidd, Obama could have made his case to the Iraqi government to keep forces there. He didn't - and for obvious reasons, he wanted to get our forces out since he was a candidate and he was going to make good on his promise.

      The unfortunate part is now - more than likely - instead of holding the country, we're going to have to go back in there on war footing to take it all over again.

      This will of course increase ISIS membership as they will paint the US as the great Satan, yada, yada, yada and the sick dance will continue. This is why I think it's so important we kept a hold of it while we had it - and why I think Obama is such a (dangerous) idiot!

      I wish these terror groups weren't threats to the US, but they are. And as long as they taunt us by beheading our citizens, we have no choice but to take them seriously and do something about it. So, Obama says no boots on the ground right now, but there will's inevitable.

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      Dr Billy Kidd 

      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      markjayharris. I know all the arguments blaming Obama for the Islamic State (ISIS) are partially true. But let's remember, the Iraqi government told the U.S. to get out of the country. Should the U.S. have kept their country occupied regardless?

      Also, ISIS is not Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has renounced them as being a danger to their cause and being evil.

      But let's not argue about Obama. He really has not done well in handling the Middle East. That is indeed an obvious fact. Even Hillary talks about it, saying "Don't do stupid stuff" is not a foreign policy!

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      Mark Jay Harris 

      4 years ago from Smithfield, Utah

      To be sure, Obama, at times, has declared al Qaeda to be “on the run,” “decimated” and “on their heels” (

      He never declared the conflict with Al Qaeda over, that's true. But he made it clear that terrorism and the global war against it was completed.

      The WaPo in 2009 said:

      It’s official. The U.S. is no longer engaged in a “war on terrorism.” Neither is it fighting “jihadists” or in a “global war.”

      President Obama’s top homeland security and counterterrorism official took all three terms off the table of acceptable words inside the White House during a speech Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

      “The President does not describe this as a ‘war on terrorism,’” said John Brennan, head of the White House homeland security office, who outlined a “new way of seeing” the fight against terrorism.

      The only terminology that Mr. Brennan said the administration is using is that the U.S. is “at war with al Qaeda.”

      Despite believing that we still needed to be vigilant against al Qaeda Obama withdrew our troops. You can blame GW for getting us into Iraq originally and call it a stupid war, but Obama was given the situation and fully understood it. He may have wanted to remove all our troops because he thought it was a stupid war, but he also was fully briefed on the consequences of what would happen if he went ahead and did what he "wanted" to do.

      So blaming Bush doesn't excuse the decision he made while president. All presidents are given situations from their predecessors and history will judge them on the decisions they make about those situations from that point forward. We could simply place everything on George Washington's doorstep and blame him for everything because eventually all our foreign affairs decisions stem from those made over 200 years ago.

      No, Obama has to man up and take responsibility for the situation he has now put us and Iraq in. GW Bush knew back in 2007 what early withdrawal would mean. Here is his quote from the Washington Post:

      At a White House news conference on July 12, 2007, Bush declared: “I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”

      So, rant and rave all you want about how Obama is smarter, wages the right war, yada, yada, yada, but when it comes to making tactical decisions he's not very bright, doesn't listen to his commanders on the ground, and is now responsible for all the deaths that could have been prevented by leaving a sufficient military force in Iraq.

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      Dr Billy Kidd 

      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This article sure could bring out the fanatics on the Left and the Right. But that's what the truth does. Great Post!

      I also think it is worth mentioning that Iraq had a stable, secular government that fought against terrorism within its borders. It was the dismantling of that government by the Bush Administration that released the hold on the Sunni's and the Shi'ites and let them start up their tribal war again against each other. And that migrated. So that's the heart of the problem that the entire Middle East now faces.

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      4 years ago

      In 2010, Al Maliki finished 2nd in the Iraqi election and promptly staged an Iran backed coup while OBAMA stayed silent. Al Qaeda is not gone. The US kept no military presence in Iraq to discourage the rise of groups like ISIS. OBAMA pronounced that Iraq was stable and strong.

      When will lefties realize that it has been 6 years - S-I-X Y-E-A-R-S - and Obama is no more competent nor correct then when he was a junior senator with two years of campaigning and little actual action, except supporting the unilateral disarmament of Ukraine.

      Obama has fought the right wars is a ridiculous assertion given the unqualified disaster in Libya.


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