In early 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama was leading the effort to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and abort the “surge” strategy that had not yet to taken hold to end the sectarian violence. Dems understood that Americans were “war weary” and out of political expediency, cravenly used it to undermine the war effort.
In January 2007, Senator Obama introduced S 433, “The Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007,” that would have prevented the troop surge and begun a year-long U.S. military withdrawal. This would, he believed, “pressure the Iraqis to finally reach a political settlement and reduce the violence.” Oddly enough, with Iraq now in turmoil Mr. Obama is saying the use of force to counter the ISIS offensive would be insufficient without some form of political settlement to reduce the violence, which was facilitated by the withdrawal of U.S. troops in the first place.
President George W. Bush argued presciently that pulling the troops out too soon would lead to increased chaos, bloodshed, and “mass killings on a horrific scale.”
Every single thing that President Bush said in that statement, is happening today,” said former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen.
The Conversation: What Happened At The Camp Speicher Massacre In Iraq?
Two different survivors of a massacre committed by ISIS at Camp Speicher near Tikrit, Iraq back in June, tell two different stories. And the explanations for what happened range from mere cowardice on the part of the Iraqi commanders, to the foulest treachery.