Republicans criticize Obama over Iraq withdrawal

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  1. Stacie L profile image91
    Stacie Lposted 7 years ago

    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

    1. Borsia profile image44
      Borsiaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      What victories? We haven't won anything from day one. Iraq was far better off under Saddam and there was less threat to the US.
      Ron Paul is the only one with a clue on either side.

  2. Ron Montgomery profile image61
    Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago

    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.

  3. MikeNV profile image79
    MikeNVposted 7 years ago

    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.

    1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
      Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You don't have a clue do you?  It was 2010 before I voted for a single Democrat; I did not vote for Obama.

      1. Repairguy47 profile image60
        Repairguy47posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Neither did I.

  4. Hollie Thomas profile image60
    Hollie Thomasposted 7 years ago

    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?

    1. Repairguy47 profile image60
      Repairguy47posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Bush didn't send anyone to Libya so Yeah you're wrong.

      1. Ron Montgomery profile image61
        Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Nor did he get Osama when he had him in his sights.  Bush was the typical chicken hawk.

      2. Hollie Thomas profile image60
        Hollie Thomasposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        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?

        1. Mighty Mom profile image86
          Mighty Momposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I knew who you meant, Hollie. smile

          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. lol

          1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
            Hollie Thomasposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            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. lol

            1. Mighty Mom profile image86
              Mighty Momposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              al Quaeda. Quadaffi.
              Bush. Blair.
              Condi. Cheney.
              Very, very easy to confuse.

              1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
                Hollie Thomasposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                I am so dumb. But, now you've mentioned them... Yeah, well... I've forgotten about them already. lol

                1. Mighty Mom profile image86
                  Mighty Momposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  Are you blonde, by any chance?
                  lol lol

              2. earnestshub profile image88
                earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                You forgot John Howard. smile

                1. Mighty Mom profile image86
                  Mighty Momposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  I didn't forget.Hollie Thomas did!
                  Cuz shes a dumb female bad with names.lol

                  1. earnestshub profile image88
                    earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    You mean the dumb blonde Hollie? Oh that one! I see. smile

  5. Mighty Mom profile image86
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    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.

  6. lovemychris profile image71
    lovemychrisposted 7 years ago

    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?

    1. PrettyPanther profile image85
      PrettyPantherposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      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

  7. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    So what's new? smile 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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