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Grandpa Grumpy and the Huckleberry, the two remaining members of the geriatric grudge band formerly known as The Three Amigos, had what I identified immediately as a 'senior moment' this past weekend while standing in front of teevee cameras.
“The administration's narrative that Iraq's political leadership objected to U.S. forces remaining in Iraq after 2011 is patently false,” said McCain and Graham, .....“We know firsthand that Iraq's main political blocs were supportive and that the administration rejected sound military advice and squandered the opportunity to conclude a security agreement with Iraq."
When the Obama White House pushed back against the Lieberman-less Amigos, Gramps and Huck issued a joint statement....
“While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the Administration cannot escape its share of the blame,” the joint statement said. “When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011, over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests. Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever. What’s sadder still, the thousands of brave Americans who fought, shed their blood, and lost their friends to bring peace to Fallujah and Iraq are now left to wonder whether these sacrifices were in vain.”
I realize that Republican warmongers get to play by different rules because they're....warmongers.....but, even warmongers don't get to have it both ways....
The U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (official name: "Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq") was a status of forces agreement (SOFA) between Iraq and the United States, signed by President George W. Bush in 2008. It established that U.S. combat forces would withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and all U.S. forces will be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011.
You may recall how folks representing the GOP attacked Obama for taking credit for getting out of Iraq. If you don't remember...or if it's more convenient to not remember....read this ...this...this..or this.
Point being....the hated President Obama was not going to get away with taking credit for the U.S. getting out of Iraq. By gum, George W. Bush built that Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq.....you, Barack Hussein Obama, didn't build that.
That is, unless stuff goes very wrong in Iraq, like now.....then, Obama built that. See how that all works? It's like having cake and, you know, eating it too. Or better yet, it's like f**king up a non-threatening country of people without cause.....claiming mighty victory by repeating the word "surge" a million times....signing an agreement with the new leaders of the country you f**ked up....and then blaming the next president for the whole thing.
Yes, George W. Bush built that Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq. And because the Iraqis would not give any remaining U.S. ground troops immunity from prosecution if they, you know, unlawfully killed or maimed Iraqi citizens.....George W. Bush built that agreement without insisting on U.S. combat troops remaining.
But the trouble now brewing in Iraq, and specifically in Fallujah, means to Grumpy Pants McCain and his Goober South Carolinian compatriot that President Obama is to blame.
And that should explain....if you're a cynic like me....why John McCain has appeared on the Sunday "news" programs more than any other senator, and by a wide margin.
Oh yeah...and about those "sacrifices being in vain" that we made in Fallujah....Maverick Man....let me be as clear as crystal. Those in government and the media who were all so hellbent to attack a country who posed no threat to the U.S.....were more than exhilarated when they sent those tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers to Iraq.....proud as Peacock Punch to send more U.S. soldiers into harm's way. Those in government and media were anxious, almost breathless, in their enthusiasm to "sacrifice" the lives of over 4500 U.S. soldiers with tens of thousands more wounded.....with nary an opposing voice heard.
And yes, sadly,....outrageously....all of those sacrifices were in vain.
But don't tell Senator John McCain that......he can't handle "straight talk."