To The Daily Sun,
Someone takes a drive following directions that a friend provided three years earlier. Along the way are many signs say "Caution," "Detour," and "14th Street Bridge Closed," etc. Nevertheless the driver persists in following the old directions onto the 14th Street Bridge and into the water. Who is to blame for the car in the water?
Jon Hoyt apparently believes that the person providing the directions would be to blame, not the driver.
In his Oct. 2 letter, Jon Hoyt claims to "fact check" my comment about President Obama's disastrous handling of Iraq by saying that President Bush agreed in 2008 to pull out all troops by the end of 2011. While it is true that, based on the success of the "surge," there was such an agreement, conditions in Iraq made that agreement irrelevant. The Bush and Iraqi administrations both anticipated that the 2008 agreement would be changed depending on the situation in Iraq in 2011, and President Obama and his administration knew it too.
By 2011, conditions in Iraq had changed, the U.S. Defense and State Departments, the CIA, and the Iraqi government, including Malaki, felt it was necessary to leave several thousand, at least 10,000 to 15,000, troops in Iraq after 2011 and negotiations were begun to make that happen.
In a 2011 interview with Charlie Rose, Secretary of Defense Gates indicated that he actually anticipated leaving "several tens of thousands of American troops" in Iraq after 2011. Former CIA Director Panetta indicates in his new book, "it was clear to me and many others that withdrawing all our forces would endanger the fragile stability then barely holding Iraq together."
Panetta indicates that the White House was only half-heartedly interested in a new agreement to leave troops in Iraq. President Obama apparently only participated enough in the negotiations so he could blame others for failure to get an agreement. President Obama's real interest was to claim success in Iraq before the 2012 election and leaving troops in Iraq would appear to negate that claim.
President Obama claims personal success for anything that goes well, but blames others for his administration's many failures, e.g., Benghazi, Syria, Ukraine, Iran, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, spying on innocent and unsuspected Americans, the poor economic recovery, the Obamacare lies and disasters, etc.
When President Obama claimed credit for withdrawing the troops and ending the war in Iraq, he didn't say he was just following President Bush's roadmap and give President Bush major credit. But now that his irresponsible withdrawal has resulted in a disaster, President Obama and his followers are trying to blame others.
The fact is that just about everything President Obama has done has resulted in a disaster. The world is in turmoil because of his flawed belief that the world's problems result from the U.S. being too powerful and wealthy. Our economy is a disaster as a result of his policies which make most people poorer and increase the number of people dependent on government, who co-incidentally primarily vote for Democrats, while the rich keep getting richer.
To blame President Bush for not leaving troops in Iraq, which could have prevented the current ISIS disaster, is the same as blaming the person who provided the directions in my opening example rather than the idiot who didn't adjust for conditions and drove his car into the water.