Before jetting off for two weeks’ vacation, President Obama laid the blame for the Iraq crisis at the doorstep of the Bush administration.
At a brief press conference Saturday on the White House lawn, Obama scoffed at the notion that he might regret not having left a residual American force in Iraq.
“Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign democratic Iraqi government,” Obama said. “In order for us to leave troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of the Iraqi government, … and the Iraqi government, based on its political considerations, in part because Iraqis were tired of a U.S. occupation, declined to provide us those assurances.”
Calling it “bogus and wrong” to override the wishes of a sovereign government, Obama failed to take responsibility for his failed leadership, infuriating a host of listeners, including conservative commentator Laura Ingraham. Twitchycompiled multiple tweets on the topic, including these:
FACT: Obama ran on & won the WH on pulling US troops out of Iraq; he dn WANT to push Maliki on resid forces. Left wd have gone wild.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 9, 2014
Guy campaigns for two years on ending Iraq War. Now says wasn't his decision. Astounding.
— S.M (@redsteeze) August 9, 2014
If Obama was so upset about US troops coming out of Iraq, why did his WH celebrate the last boots coming off the ground? #rhetoricalquestion
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) August 9, 2014
Barack Obama's full time job is blaming George Bush and campaigning for Democrats. He's changed the job description of being President.
— Mr T 2 (@GovtsTheProblem) August 9, 2014
Six years into his administration Obama stills blames Bush, this man will not own anything that is his responsibility.
— L0Bo_ (@L0Bo_) August 9, 2014
Asked if air strikes against Islamic State forces were meant to restrain or destroy them, Obama flaunted his weak-kneed tendencies once again, stammering around for an answer but giving none. He talked about protecting the religious minority trapped in the mountains, finding an escape corridor for them, reconfiguring Baghdad’s boundaries and finding satisfaction in the decision by Britain and France to contribute food supplies – and yet, still failed to answer the question.
When pressed on whether he and his staff had “underestimated the power of ISIS,” Obama again avoided admitting poor judgment.
Their advance “has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates and I think the expectations of policymakers in and outside Iraq,” he told reporters.
Click here to watch the disappointing performance via Fox News.