Monday, October 24, 2011

Giving Away the Store

Has America's involvement in Iraq been called on account of the 2012 presidential election?  With the status of force agreement with Iraq expiring, the Obama administration failed to negotiate a deal to allow at least several thousand combat troops in the country beyond the end of this year.  A cynical person might argue the administration allowed the negotiations to fail because it wanted out so it could report a full pull-out to its base.  Reelection politics cannot drive national security policy in general and strategic decisions regarding the War on Terror in particular.

The left has consistently complained that Operation Iraqi Freedom was another Vietnam, but ironically it is a leftist president who risks turning a hard fought, bloody victory into a defeat.  if a weak Iraq is torn apart or manipulated and exploited by an ascendent Iran for its own purposes than President Obama will have abandoned the thousands of troops killed and wounded to secure victory and  delivered another Vietnam.

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