After nine years, a trillion-plus dollars, tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed, and nearly 5,000 U.S. and Coalition lives lost, Barack Obama announced on Friday that the United States would take the flowers, chocolate, and "thank you, liberators" greeting cards, which we were promised by Dick Cheney, in a doggy-bag and get the hell out of Dodge (also Diyala, and Fallujah, and Baghdad)…
Obama's statement put an end to months of wrangling over whether the U.S. would maintain a force in Iraq beyond 2011. He never mentioned the tense and ultimately fruitless negotiations with Iraq over whether to keep several thousand U.S. forces in Iraq as a training force and a hedge against meddling from Iran or other outside forces…
"I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year," Obama said.
Naturally, the 2012 presidential contenders are standing behind the Commander in Chief. With a shiv in hand.
Mitt Romney called the withdrawal an "astonishing failure," the result of either a "naked political calculation or sheer ineptitude." Senator Lindsey Graham said the decision would "haunt our country." Foreign policy maven Herman Cain described Obama's approach as "dumb." But leave it to Michele Bachmann to propose a new Reverse Pottery Barn Rule Foreign Policy Doctrine…
"I believe that Iraq should reimburse the United States fully for the amount of money that we have spent to liberate these people," said Rep. Bachmann in an appearance Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." "They are not a poor country, they are a wealthy country."
Yes, how dare a country with a per capita income of $3,600 not compensate the United States for the privilege of having their nation ravaged by an invasion and mismanaged occupation?
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