Rising bloodshed in Iraq has Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) convinced that failure of the American military effort there now falls on President Obama's shoulders.So we go to war with a country that did not attack us on the basis of a claim that it posed a threat that it did not actually pose, the war ends up taking nearly a decade while costing thousands of American lives and thousands more Iraqi lives, it weakens our position both home and abroad, and yet President Obama is the one who screwed up because he brought the misguided military adventure to an end?
McCain went on Fox News on Tuesday morning to once again blast Obama for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq and ending U.S. involvement in the unpopular war.
"Could I just say, we could have left a residual force behind," McCain insisted. "It could have been done." [...] He indicated that the U.S. "had won with a great sacrifice," but the Obama administration "blew the whole thing."
That's seriously crazy. As is this:
McCain said the U.S. should "get some people over there at a high level" to provide counsel to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.Because you know what he really means is that they should advise him to ask the United States military to return the country and restart the war we left behind. Fortunately, there's no appetite for that at the White House, based on this answer by Press Secretary Jay Carney at Monday's briefing:
Q: John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and some others say that some of what is happening on the ground in Iraq is a consequence of the U.S. completely pulling out. And they say that the administration should learn a lesson from that and not go to the so-called zero option in Afghanistan. Is the President looking at what’s happening in Iraq and applying that to his decision making on Afghanistan in any way?That's pretty much what they're saying now, and it's what they said in 2008, but no matter how much they say it, it's not what Americans want—and it's not what would be good for the country. Iraq was a colossal mistake. And that's something John McCain clearly still does not understand.
MR. CARNEY: Well, I would say a couple of things about that. I don’t think -- I’ve heard members of Congress suggest this, but if members were suggesting that there should be American troops fighting and dying in Fallujah today, they should say so. The President doesn’t believe that. If they believe that we should not end our combat mission in Afghanistan, they should say so.