Iraq’s slide back into chaos has its roots in 2011 when the last U.S. soldiers left the country. The Obama Administration and the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had been engaged in months of negotiations in an attempt to reach a new status of forces agreement that would allow American soldiers to remain in Iraq to help support government forces. (The Bush Administration had signed a status of forces agreement that required U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.) When these talks failed, the stage was set for President Obama to fulfill his campaign promise to remove U.S. forces and end the war in Iraq.
Unfortunately, as pointed out by the Atlanta Conservative Examiner, it was much easier to remove U.S. troops than to end the war. President Obama’s assumption was that American forces were the cause of the fighting in Iraq and that if American forces were removed, the war would end. That turned out not to be the case, partly because of Iran.
But Mediaite reminds us that not too long ago, then-Senator Joe Biden threatened George W. Bush with impeachment if he engaged in military action without going to Congress first.
Cabinet Meeting. (Kerry is the one with the Botox I.V.)
John Kerry attends his first cabinet meeting and our good friend, the Powerhouse of Patriotism, got it for us.
Obama: We have a new addition. Tell us all your name and something about yourself.
Kerry: My name is John Kerry, I fought in Viet Nam where I received a hangnail and 3 purple hearts and I can see Rhode Island from my house. Continue reading
Speaking at a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General on gun violence Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden said that he says what he means, and yes, it gets him in trouble.
“No one’s ever doubted that I mean what I say. The problem is that I tend to say what I mean, and that gets me in trouble – except in Mississippi,” he said.