President Bush warned that if we pulled out of Iraq too soon, it would be dangerous for Iraq, the region and the United States; it would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean we are risking mass killings on a grand scale. It would allow the terrorists to replace the safe haven they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we’d have to return at a later date to confront an enemy who is even more dangerous.
President Obama is trying to blame Bush but he won the war and Obama then handed over to ISIS.
Listen to this clip. He thinks people will fall for his blaming Bush for what is obviously his failure.
In an interview with the Atlantic in August, Hillary Clinton said this about President Obama’s foreign policy: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”
Back in February she told the Atlantic that the president told her “when you have a professional army … fighting against a farmer, a carpenter, an engineer who started out as protesters and suddenly now see themselves in the midst of a civil conflict—the notion that we could have, in a clean way that didn’t commit U.S. military forces, changed the equation on the ground there was never true.”
During the August interview, she debunked that statement by President Obama and described the “failure” that resulted from the decision to keep the U.S. on the sidelines during the first phase of the Syrian uprising.
“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said.
General Keane, speaking on the Megyn Kelly News Show Thursday evening, was on the front lines with General Petraeus. He described the multiple failures by the Obama administration which led up to this disaster.
The President, he said, gave our military in Iraq defensive missions with no goals instead of a comprehensive air attack.
The military overseas today do not believe they will follow ISIS to the gates of Hell as Biden says because they can’t even leave the gates of their base, Megyn Kelly added.
General Keane describes Obama’s feckless policies briefly: Telling our enemies when we are leaving, tying General Petraeus’ hands, pulling troops out in 2011, escalating the Afghan war at the same time, not responding to requests by his Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State and Director of the CIA to arm and train the Free Syrian Army in 2012, not responding to the chemical air attacks. They know inaction has had consequences. It will unequivocally be a threat to the United States.
Obama’s new rules of engagement cost American lives according to a report by The Washington Times at the end of 2013.
The following are the rules of engagement for Afghanistan but the same applied for Iraq.
The rules of engagement (ROE) put into place in 2009 and the early part of 2010 limited air and artillery strikes in the name of preventing civilian casualties, and at times called upon soldiers to restrain from firing their weapons. The report in the Washington Times indicates that, upon approaching Taliban fighters, a ground unit would often have to convince a remote commander that the threat was armed before engaging.
“In Afghanistan, the [rules of engagement] that were put in place in 2009 and 2010 have created a hesitation and confusion for our war fighters,” Wayne Simmons, a retired US intelligence officer who worked at NATO headquarters in Kabul under McChrystal and Petraeus, told the Times.
“It is no accident nor a coincidence that from January 2009 to August of 2010, coinciding with the Obama/McChrystal radical change of the ROE, casualties more than doubled,” Simmons went on. “The carnage will certainly continue as the already fragile and ineffective [rules] have been further weakened by the Obama administration as if they were playground rules.”
Last November, the U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement tightened the screws on an already-restrictive set of rules of engagement for forces operating in that country.
The proposed Bilateral Security Agreement was hammered out by Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Approved by President Obama, it virtually banned U.S. troops from firing in dwellings, according to The Washington Times.
“U.S. forces shall not enter Afghan homes for the purposes of military operations, except under extraordinary circumstances involving urgent risk to life and limb of U.S. nationals,” President Obama pledged in a letter to Karzai, The Times reported.
There was no point in our military being there at all, they were only being put in harm’s way at that point. More soldiers did indeed die unnecessarily.
In 2009, Obama’s rules of engagement required military to not shoot back. General McChrystal explained it to BBC news at the time that they are advising troops to break off from firefights with the Taliban, “If you are in a situation where you are under fire from the enemy… if there is any chance of creating civilian casualties or if you don’t know whether you will create civilian casualties, if you can withdraw from that situation without firing, then you must do so.”
* Unless our troops in combat are absolutely certain that no civilians are present, they’re denied artillery or air support.
* If any civilians appear where we meet the Taliban, our troops are to “break contact” — to retreat.
They led to far more military casualties.
- No night or surprise searches.
- Villagers are to be warned prior to searches.
- Afghan National Army, or ANA, or Afghan National Police, or ANP, must accompany U.S. units on searches.
- U.S. soldiers may not fire at insurgents unless they are preparing to fire first.
- U.S. forces cannot engage insurgents if civilians are present.
- Only women can search women.
- Troops can fire on insurgents if they catch them placing an IED but not if insurgents walk away from where the explosives are.
Our military became sitting ducks.
The wars had been won but Obama refused to listen to anyone with the knowledge and experience fighting wars. Everything he did was political.
The end result of Obama’s fecklessness: