It took them long enough.
But the White House has finally come through and admitted what most on the sane side of foreign policy already knew: that President Obama is not what you’d call an expert on dealing with the U.S. military and positioning America as Top Dog on the international front.
In fact, when it comes to Middle East policy, Obama’s been pretty much a disaster. And now the administration is finally ‘fessing up, acknowledging that it was a pinpoint moment in time when the proverbial crap really hit the fan – albeit inadvertenly.
“We can go back and look at one critical and foolish decision made by Barack Obama that resulted in complete chaos in the Middle East,” wrote Allen West, on his Allen B West news blog. “It was his intransigent decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq – creating a vacuum.”
West goes on to cite Fox News, which reported Defense Secretary Ash Carter admitting the U.S. military will have to stay in Iraq past the Obama administration, even after ISIS is defeated and removed.
Moving ISIS from Mosul will not be the be-all and end-all of U.S. mission in the region, Carter said, AllenBWest.com wrote.
“There will still be much more to do after that to make sure that, once defeated, ISIL stays defeated,” Carter said. “We’ll need to continue to counter foreign fighters trying to escape and ISIL’s attempts to relocate or reinvent itself.”
Strange, but isn’t that what Obama promised at all points during his administration wouldn’t happen – that America would become engaged in a long, drawn-out military battle against any foreign source, including ISIS?
Yes, he did, even as those with far superior military minds were counseling and warning: America will indeed have to maintain a presence in Iraq if any hope of keeping order and maintaining a semblance of peace existed at all. Yet Obama steadfastly refused to listen to that reason, and instead sold the American people a bill of goods that went something like this: We will not keep our troops overseas for any length of time at all.
But as West noted: “Just imagine if Barack Obama had taken that exact same counsel back in 2009? We wouldn’t have an ISIS … We wouldn’t have an Iranian influence in Baghdad, as we do now. We wouldn’t have the debacle of Syria and the influence of the Russian military.”
And we wouldn’t have the tensions with Turkey over its Islamic influences, as seen under Recep Erdogan.
One more note, West said: “And finally, hundreds of thousands of Christians would still be in their ancestral homes, living in peace and worshipping their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This statement by Ash Carter amounts to Obama looking back and saying, ‘oops, my bad.'”
Another Obama legacy, progressive style.
Source: Allen B West