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By msnbc.com's Michael O'Brien
Mitt Romney issued a scathing rebuke Friday of President Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by year's end, joining a chorus of Republicans critical of the president's decision.
Romney sharply criticized the announcement this afternoon by Obama that all troops would leave Iraq by the end of 2011, fulfilling one of Obama's main promises from the 2008 campaign, that he would end the war in Iraq.
President Obamas astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women," Romney said in a statement. "The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government."
Democrats, by contrast, were supportive of the presidents announcement.
Obama "honored our international commitments and advanced our national security," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "This is the right decision at the right time," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20 … withdrawal
it doesn't matter what he does ...the Republicans hate the idea and the Democrats love it..there's no pleasing the GOP
It's more important for them politically to be anti-Obama than pro-American. You can trash your country as long as you implicate Obama in the process.
It's Obama with his Political Pandering again.
The FACT is under Bush this was actually the time line.
Obama is like a kitten who takes the already dead mouse and brings it to his master and pretends like he caught it.
"President Obama announced we will abide by the agreement the Bush administration struck in fall 2008 to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011." Source: New York Times
The bottom line is the War in Iraq has been over for years. Obama is smart for using this opportunity to try and offset the overwhelming drop in support.
Montgomery would vote for a Democrat even if Satan himself were poking him in the back with an invitation to hell for doing so. His Statements are always based on Agenda and Emotion and never fact.
I on the other hand being neither Republican nor Democrat tend to look at the real issue. And in this case it is Purely Political on both sides. Obama and Romney both trying to cash in on the moment, neither cares about anything but themselves.
Obama is like a kitten who takes the already dead mouse and brings it to his master and pretends like he caught it
Oh, so, Gaddafi et.al had already been captured by the Republicans? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Bush's government fail to deliver whilst in power?
Bush didn't send anyone to Libya so Yeah you're wrong.
Nor did he get Osama when he had him in his sights. Bush was the typical chicken hawk.
I apologize profusely, as a dumb female I was thinking of that other guy, what was his name again, not Qaddafi, but , you know, the one that allegedly masterminded 9/11? No, you're right, Bush et.al sorted him right out, didn't they?
I knew who you meant, Hollie.
It's amazing how little credit -- and how much criticism -- Obama got for that as well.
You know the saying you can't please all the people all the time?
When it comes to Obama, there just ain't no pleasing some people.
But, some how, they can't quite articulate that into something meaningful, that can ever be disputed. Still, what would I know, I'm just a dumb female with a terrible memory for names.
al Quaeda. Quadaffi.
Very, very easy to confuse.
I am so dumb. But, now you've mentioned them... Yeah, well... I've forgotten about them already.
I didn't forget.Hollie Thomas did!
Cuz shes a dumb female bad with names.
He's damned whether he fulfills his campaign promises or doesn't.
Whatever happened to "support our troops" under Bush?
I can't imagine that Romney's going to score any points with military families with this posture.
Iraq By The Numbers: The World's Costliest Cakewalk
Obama: All U.S. Troops Will Leave Iraq This Year
By Eli Clifton on Oct 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm
"The “cakewalk” to Baghdad, as George W. Bush adviser Kenneth Adelman infamously wrote in February, 2002, has been anything but. The Iraq War, and the faulty premise that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction, has had a staggering humanitarian and economic cost.
Here are some relevant numbers:
8 years, 260 days since Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence of Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons program
8 years, 215 days since the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq
8 years, 175 days since President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln
4,479 U.S. military fatalities
30,182 U.S. military injuries
468 contractor fatalities
103,142 – 112,708 documented civilian deaths
2.8 million internally displaced Iraqis
$806 billion in federal funding for the Iraq War through FY2011
$3 – $5 trillion in total economic cost to the United States of the Iraq war according to economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes
$60 billion in U.S. expenditures lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001
0 weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq"
What has anyone gained?
We the people have gained nothing. The ONLY thing we can "get" from it, IF we are smart enough as a whole, is to not ever let it happen again. Too many people were quiet while our leaders and the media led them around by the nose. "USA! USA! USA!"
"F**k Saddam, we're taking him out." –President Bush to three U.S. Senators in March 2002, a full year before the Iraq invasion
"From a marketing point of view, you don't roll out new products in August." --White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, on why the Bush administration waited until after Labor Day to try to sell the American people on war against Iraq, "New York Times" interview, Sept. 7, 2002
"It's hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam’s security forces and his army. Hard to imagine." –Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, testifying before the House Budget Committee prior to the Iraq war, Feb. 27, 2003
"We know he's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." –Vice President Dick Cheney, "Meet The Press" March 16, 2003 (Source)
"I don't know anybody that I can think of who has contended that the Iraqis had nuclear weapons." –Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, June 24, 2003
"Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." —President Bush, discussing the Iraq war with Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, after Robertson told him he should prepare the American people for casualties
So what's new? The republicans would criticise Obama for getting up in the morning.
The radical loony ones are destroying America by blocking everything, even their own proposals if Obama agrees with them.
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