Romney: Iraq withdrawal ‘astonishing failure’ by Obama

This is how Mitt Romney responded to today’s announcement by President Obama that all U.S. troops — except those needed to guard the U.S. embassy — would be brought home by the end of this year:

“President Obama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women. The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government. The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.”

It is hard to describe the utter foolishness of that remark.

The current agreement requiring the United States to leave Iraq by the end of the year was negotiated and signed by President Bush in 2008. Bush pushed hard to get a long-term extension, but in the end he failed because the Iraqi Parliament simply isn’t willing to vote in favor of letting our troops remain.

They want us gone. Our presence is a humiliation to them and a signal that they remain a client state. Any Iraqi politician who votes in favor of keeping U.S. forces on Iraqi soil commits an unpatriotic act in the eyes of most of his people, and probably doesn’t do a lot for his expected lifespan either.

Given that reality, Obama faced two options:

1.) Leave by the end of the year, as had been negotiated with Iraqi leaders by President Bush in 2008.

2.) Stay in Iraq in violation of that agreement and in violation of international law, confirming to the world that our true intent in invading had been to conquer and occupy.

So which option would a President Romney chose? I’d really like to know.

(BTW, an Obama campaign spokesman notes that “Mitt Romney’s foreign policy experience is limited to his work as a finance executive shipping American jobs overseas.”)

The reaction from fellow GOP frontrunner Herman Cain is, if possible, even more disturbing:

“Whether or not it’s the right thing to do, I would consult with the commanders. The thing that I wouldn’t do that the president is doing is telling the enemy how many troops you gonna bring out and when you gonna bring ‘em out.”

Really, Mr. Cain? You’d consult with the commanders? Gee, I wonder if anyone ever thought of that before.

Oh, and here it is late October, and we have to be out by Jan. 1, and Cain is concerned about telegraphing the timetable for withdrawal? Please. He’s merely mouthing smart-sounding words that he’s heard other people say, with no real understanding of what they mean. The man is to presidential politics what William Hung is to singing.

UPDATE: Michele Bachmann has joined the choir. ““President Obama’s decision represents the end of the era of America’s influence in Iraq and the strengthening of Iran’s influence in Iraq with no plan to counter that influence. We have been ejected from a country by the people that we liberated and that the United States paid for with precious blood and treasure.”

The noive of dem Iraqis, ejecting us from their own country!

– Jay Bookman

63 comments Add your comment

Matti's Rapture Time?

October 21st, 2011
4:27 pm

REPOST:

Wow.

Romney makes it really hard to like him when he says *bleep* like that. Sure, I appreciate that he’s the smartest of the motley crew of wannabes, and I will tell anyone yammering about his religion to shut he heck up because this job interview is not supposed to be about religion anyway. He’s good looking enough (though lacking in the inner sexual magnetism that isn’t about looks at all) to be President (yeah, we’re Americans; we’re shallow; it matters), and I can even forgive the flip flops because ALL men do it and I’ve spent a lifetime forgiving them for their *bleeping* flip flops. But this kind of garbage from his mouth… NO. This is clearly a case of “I liked you better when you said nothing.” Yuk!

Peadawg

October 21st, 2011
4:31 pm

“REPOST:

Wow.”

Wow is all that needs to be said.

josef

October 21st, 2011
4:32 pm

Is this IT for Friday Night Music…I thought this was supposed to be something other than a political diatribe…I guess I was wrong…

Anyone who agrees with me, I suggest we go to our favorite dope songs…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHyDp0dGdyc

Peadawg

October 21st, 2011
4:34 pm

Here’s my Traveling Music for the afternoon if Jay doesn’t do it before l leave:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgF_4VTnTSA&ob=av2n – Saving Abel – “Miss America”

One of the best videos every imo. Welcome home troops!!!

jm

October 21st, 2011
4:34 pm

whatev

I’ll still take Romney over Obama. Glad we’re out (thx O). Now Romney can rebuild our economy to compete with China.

jm

October 21st, 2011
4:36 pm

josef – Jay is having a coronary about O losing….. he’ll do anything, including interrupting Fri Nite tunage

zadoc

October 21st, 2011
4:38 pm

I am glad that Obama is fulfilling this campaign process. The U.S. should’ve never been in Iraq in the first place.

POLL: Obama announces all troops to leave Iraq at the end of the year. What do you think?
Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/4382199

Parky Bill

October 21st, 2011
4:38 pm

We have to stay in Iraq indefinitely and forever, too! It’s like hiring the same contractor who accidentally tore the entire front off the house while replacing the gutters.  Then, once the front of the house is repaired, the contractor insists on moving in with you in case squirrels get into the gutters.  No matter how much you resent their presence, no matter how much they offend you just by being there, the contractors just will not leave because there’s a tree next to your house and it has squirrels in it and those squirrels will be in your gutter the moment they leave, which they agree they will… someday… but at a time of their choosing and in such a way as the squirrels won’t know how many contractors are left or when they will be leaving.

Yup! That’s the logic that wants both houses of Congress and the Oval Office.

http://exm.nr/pRLm3f

Ed Stone

October 21st, 2011
4:39 pm

Mr. Cain needs to brush up on his American (and military) history. Lincoln initially gave great deference to his “commanders” such as McClellan and nearly lost the Civil War. LBJ listened to his “commanders” and got us mired in Southeast Asia. The job of the president it to gather the facts, listen to all views, and make decisions, not be an order taker (one large war with sausage and mushrooms.)

Gov. Romney, on the other hand, comes off like a hot headed, sharp tongued yahoo who’s reckless mouth will get the US into conflict after conflict. He’s a cowboy without the hat and boots.

As for he rest of the bunch, they were for the plan to end the war in Iraq before they were against it. As recently observed, if Obama walked on water they would claim he couldn’t swim.

Matti's Rapture Time?

October 21st, 2011
4:40 pm

Don't Tread

October 21st, 2011
4:41 pm

Cain: “The thing that I wouldn’t do that the president is doing is telling the enemy how many troops you gonna bring out and when you gonna bring ‘em out.”

Which is a lot like Bush telling them we were coming long before we got there. And we wonder why the WMDs were not found.

Aquagirl

October 21st, 2011
4:42 pm

Somebody’s magic undies are in a bunch.

AmVet - A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

October 21st, 2011
4:44 pm

Great choice, Matti.

Clean this mess up else we’ll all end up in jail
Those test tubes and the scale
Just get them all out of here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i3f9EqqKuk&feature=fvst

md

October 21st, 2011
4:45 pm

I’m not a big fan of being over there, but currently it’s not exactly a vacation destination………

Might not be a bad idea to be in the “area” to see how things play out………but I mean that in a none combat kind of way………..or do we leave all together only to end up going back when it gets real messy?

JamVet

October 21st, 2011
4:48 pm

Oops! Wrong Dan song!

Color me mortified…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zmX6_ujBN0

Matti's Rapture Time?

October 21st, 2011
4:48 pm

AmVet,

Oooooo, smoooooove tones… NICE!

josef

October 21st, 2011
4:49 pm

mattie

:-) knew I could count on you…maybe he needs a little…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyPYM5uUViI

john237

October 21st, 2011
4:49 pm

Mitt Romney and his cronies including Bush-Cheney should be given boots and rifles to march Iraq for unlimited engagement until they are ready to come back. Even they would like to stay forever, we should not object. They should also take with them any and all Tea-Party goons too; so we can have less bickering and less advocates of devils (millionaires). It is too bad that even after making our nation bankrupt and sacrificing more than 5000 American lives; these Repblicans have still not learned their lesson that Iraq war was not legal, not moral, not in our interest and should not have been started at the first place. Secondly; America is almost broken down economically and we have no money to continue this money drain to remain open for any more days. Hope, Americans are awake and watching these brain dead Republicans and war mongers who are always ready to shed American blood and treasure only for their thirst of OILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

Matti's Rapture Time?

October 21st, 2011
4:50 pm

JamVet,

That too, but I was diggin the deep cut there.

Odis

October 21st, 2011
4:50 pm

Romney has no shame. I’d like to ask Mr. Romney when exactly should the US leave Iraq, if ever?

JamVet

October 21st, 2011
4:53 pm

I knew our hero wouldn’t abandon us in our musical hour of need!

Seeya upstairs, rocking dudes and dudettes…

Kamchak

October 21st, 2011
4:55 pm

Jay is having a coronary about O losing….. he’ll do anything, including interrupting Fri Nite tunage

Not intended to be a factual statement.

philosopher

October 21st, 2011
4:56 pm

How absurd! Desperation is just NOT pretty!!!!OK, I may not be a Republican, but I cannot believe that of all the Repubs in this nation, not a ONE with brains, knowledge, and the ability to articulate a thought can step up to the plate. Come on, now!

JamVet

October 21st, 2011
4:57 pm

BTW, what the hell happened to the rapture?

I was hoping all the Cretins for Christ would just go away.

No such luck, huh?

Jay

October 21st, 2011
5:01 pm

From an Obama campaign spokesman:

“Mitt Romney’s foreign policy experience is limited to his work as a finance executive shipping American jobs overseas.”

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 21st, 2011
5:01 pm

Well, what the heck are we going to do with all those troops? Have them set around and gamble and drink? Maybe we could set up a secret base of, say, 40,000 troops somewhere in the desert over there and not tell the Iraqs. If my taxes is paying for troops to fight, I want them fighting. The Sunnys and the Sh*ts, I mean, not each other. Unemployment over here is bad enough already. We don’t need to be dumping 40,000 more people into the job market.

You got to admit, my idea makes more sense than Mr. Mormon Underpants.

Kamchak

October 21st, 2011
5:02 pm

Jack

October 21st, 2011
5:05 pm

Bookman’s Romney thing is a smokescreen for his fear of Cain. Cain’s is scaring the hell outa liberals.

Zamaer

October 21st, 2011
5:06 pm

Thank you President Obama, better late than never. Mitt and Herman, I like you guys but you need to just shut the f##k up.

JamVet

October 21st, 2011
5:08 pm

JB at 5:01,

Hysterical.

And Jack, Herman is frightening alright.

Like a Halloween pumpkin.

BOO!

Tom Middleton

October 21st, 2011
5:10 pm

Well, Governor Romney, what if we bring all the troops home now and send in the Neocons to finish up all by themselves? Would this be acceptable to you, sir, as it would with the majority of us voters?

Don’t worry, sir, for you can say yes now and flip-flop later, like you have on every other issue of substance. Sorry about your loss!

ByteMe

October 21st, 2011
5:25 pm

Jay @ 5:01: Ziiiing!!!

Don't Forget

October 21st, 2011
5:27 pm

Romney will change his tune, just wait a while.

Mr. Snarky

October 21st, 2011
5:28 pm

Romney is proving that he’s 100% pure unadulterated…politician. He’ll say anything to get elected.
What a weasel.

Mr. Snarky

October 21st, 2011
5:36 pm

I’m just glad Cain doesn’t have any opinions on foreign policy. He’ll just consult those commanders and let them vote on what our policies should be. Inspires confidence.
It’s funny, people say his focus is on jobs and the economy, (over which the POTUS doesn’t have much control), so his foreign policy positions don’t matter so much (but POTUS does have lots of influence of foreign policy), so really foreign policy positions are more important.

El Jefe

October 21st, 2011
5:40 pm

speaking of failures – This President has many.

The Democrats in the Senate killed another one of his bills.

His Job’s Czar Mr. Inmelt just posted 3 billion in profits in the 3rd quater – wonder how much in taxes he will pay?

It wasn’t Nato that killed whatshisface in Libya, it was a local. Oops Mr. President, almost, but not quite.

His supporters in the Occupy groups are getting more violent and nasty – in more ways than one. Hear they have plans to control the riots during the Democrat convention.

Oh, and his polls keep dropping. Looks like W was more popular than O

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 21st, 2011
6:10 pm

El Jefe… The “Dems” killed? Really absurd statement. 60 votes are needed to avoid a filibuster… you do understand that rule right? So a 50-50 vote is NOT Dems killing a thing. If there were no filibuster rule, the VP would have broken the tie.

Got anything that is not just a lie at this point?

ME

October 21st, 2011
6:16 pm

Josef….maybe you should start your own blog……just sayin.

getalife

October 21st, 2011
7:01 pm

A flip flopper thinks he can beat our President on foreign policy.

This is going to be easier than beating mcbadloser.

Fedup

October 21st, 2011
7:47 pm

Cain looks like the folks standing beside certain pizzaria twirreling a cardboard cut out pizza. Romnney just looks like he wants to sell himself as a hawk. Trying desperately to show he is not a mormon (he will end up looking like a moron).

Paddy O

October 21st, 2011
11:05 pm

I vehemently disagree with Mr. Romney. We never should have been in Iraq. they have had almost a decade to get their head out their governing butts. It is now up to the Iraq people to sink or fly. We are done. The big Bush Bonehead Move, is finally coming to a close. Thank g-d.

Paddy O

October 21st, 2011
11:09 pm

Republicans really don’t have a very good foreign policy. As bad as Obama is spending cash on the homefront, I agree with about 85% of his foreign policy, and must say thank you to him on Bin Laden – that was a real festering sore of embarassment. As a fellow American, I am glad Kaddafi was slain, but not comfortable with the contortion of the rule of law. We shall see how effectively Arabs handle the disappointments of democracy.

Schrodinger's cat

October 22nd, 2011
1:51 am

So Bush IS bring the troops home…good for him!

Schrodinger's cat

October 22nd, 2011
1:52 am

that should be “bringing the troops home”

Z

October 22nd, 2011
4:10 am

What is wrong with leaving a place we never should have been in the first place? These Republican just aren’t paying attention. Must be they just want to show their ignorance, we don’t have to have thousands of troops anywhere anymore, we have satellites and drones. If Iraq or any other place has thugs/dictator’s/crooks in office that aren’t, won’t do what they are suppose to be doing, well, all I can say is, Kaboom..If I was one of those questionable thugs I think I would be worried.
Thank you President Obama for bringing our guys and gals home, it sure is about time.

Joel Edge

October 22nd, 2011
6:22 am

“They want us gone.”
Some of them want us gone Jay. We can’t afford it anymore.

JKL2

October 22nd, 2011
8:02 am

getalife- A flip flopper thinks he can beat our President on foreign policy

I think the aveage second grader could beat our president on foreign policy.

JKL2

October 22nd, 2011
8:11 am

Odis- Romney has no shame. I’d like to ask Mr. Romney when exactly should the US leave Iraq, if ever?

So what’s your exit strategy for Germany? How about Bosnia or Kosovo while your at it…

Peter

October 22nd, 2011
8:58 am

Yes the Republican War Mongers hate abortion, but don’t mind killing American’s for the corporations.

Will a Republican tell us how America will pay for the Iraq War please ?

md

October 22nd, 2011
9:09 am

Too funny………and when gas goes back to $5 a gallon and inflation climbs, I’m guessing these same folks in a hurry to leave will be screaming for somebody to do something……….

The region needs some form of stability mechanism……..if that means leaving some presence, even if mostly drones, it may be prudent to do so…….our interests are at stake regardless if folks realize it or not.

Jerome Horwitz

October 22nd, 2011
9:50 am

If Obama had announced an agreement to keep the troops in Iraq the Republican field would be moaning that he should be brining them home. It’s all politics. If Romney supports the war so much why aren’t his sons in the military. Oh yeah, they support the military by serving in his campaign. Actual quote from 2008. Can you say Chicken Hawk.

Welcome to the occupation (Trotsky)

October 22nd, 2011
10:54 am

They want us gone. Our presence is a humiliation to them and a signal that they remain a client state. Any Iraqi politician who votes in favor of keeping U.S. forces on Iraqi soil commits an unpatriotic act in the eyes of most of his people, and probably doesn’t do a lot for his expected lifespan either.

Wow, that’s some Jeffersonian democracy.

philosopher

October 22nd, 2011
2:02 pm

The Repubicans and the Rightwingnuts are an absolute embarrassment -to themselves AND to America. Either they truly cannot see the irony of their flip flopping and the stupidity of their arguments, or they believe the rest of us are stupid, or they are so deperate that they just don’t care.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/21/jon-stewart-gaddafi-republican-reaction-video_n_1023673.html

Adam

October 22nd, 2011
8:15 pm

So whoever gets the nomination is going to have to explain their remarks when we get around to election time. That is, unless the conservative media bias ignores the issue of foreign policy and national security entirely, like they have already in the Republican debates.

Jon Lester

October 23rd, 2011
1:56 pm

When it comes to foreign policy, Mitt Romney is dumber than you think:

http://www.agoodtreaty.com/2010/07/06/mitt-romney-on-new-start/

JKL2

October 23rd, 2011
3:51 pm

Peter- Yes the Republican War Mongers hate abortion, but don’t mind killing American’s for the corporations

obama loves killing Americans. No due process necesary.

JKL2

October 23rd, 2011
3:57 pm

Adam- conservative media bias

ROFL! I didn’t know “media” consisted of talk radio and Fox news. After that, and in NPR and everything else is extreme left.

Truth Be Told

October 23rd, 2011
4:07 pm

@jm October 21st, 2011 4:34 pm

With idiots like you, Flip Flop Rum Knee and Asinine 9-9 you all make George W. Bush look like a genius.

The Country is in serious trouble if this is whats running for president.

I’ll take Obama over these two idiots anyday.

liberalefty

October 23rd, 2011
4:12 pm

@JKL2

since u and so many rightwingers want aN american precence in iraq, why dont y’all volunteer and go! buh bye. y’all can form your own private army financed by the JOCH BROTHERS and MORMON MITT!

liberalefty

October 23rd, 2011
4:21 pm

i meant KOCH BROTHERS…sorreeeeeeeeeee

Adam

October 24th, 2011
9:42 am

JKL2: You’re incorrect that everything but Fox News and talk radio. In fact, a study recently by Pew research has pretty much trounced the idea that most of the media is liberal leaning, and instead shows a conservative bias.

But stay in your little bubble if you must. Otherwise your entire ideology might crumble at your feet. And we can’t have that…

Sux Limbow

October 24th, 2011
1:00 pm

It’s a disappointment that Rumney is as stupid as Perry, Cain and Bachmann.

GM

October 24th, 2011
2:40 pm

This shows why Obama should win relection hands down, Is this the kind of idiot you want in the white house?
Romey go tell that to the men and women who had loves ones that lost their lives, President Obama, deserves credit for puting our men and women in the armed force first, this shows what a bunch of retards in the tea party and rep party, these peole care nothing about this country and our troops.

Thank you President Obama””’