President Obama has been in office now for nearly 4 1/2 years and liberals Colby King, Nina Totenberg, and Mark Shields refuse to place any blame on President Obama for the current status of Iraq. Dr. Charles Krauthammer hits them with the facts:
COLBY KING, WASHINGTON POST: This is our Iraq. Our Iraq.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It’s not our Iraq.
KING: It is our Iraq. We created it.
KRAUTHAMMER: Obama washed his hands of Iraq.
KING: We created it.
KRAUTHAMMER: But he washed his hands of it in 2011.
NINA TOTENBERG, NPR: Iraq is a good lesson in what we don’t want to have happen in Syria, in some ways.
GORDON PETERSON, HOST: Let me hear from Mark on this.
MARK SHIELDS, PBS: Just a fact, and that was the architect, advocate, champion of going to war in Iraq, Paul Wolfowitz, undersecretary of defense, made the case that if we went, the war would be paid for with Iraqi oil funds. News? Iraq is producing oil. The biggest consumer or Iraqi oil is China. So we went to war so that China could have oil, and anybody who talks about status of troops agreement with the Iraqi government, which is now in bed with and joined at the waist to Iran, is delusional. Delusional.
TOTENBERG: We started talking about Syria
KRAUTHAMMER: The reason it’s now under Iranian influence is because the American presence there. For example, Iraq has no air force. We were the ones who were going to train them. We had complete control of Iraqi airspace. It is now under Iranian control, essentially. It’s because Obama washed his hands.
KING: No. He did not.
KRAUTHAMMER: No, you’re wrong about that.
KRAUTHAMMER: You can make your argument about whether we should have been there…
KING: No, no, Charles. The U.S. presence…
KRAUTHAMMER: When Obama got into office in 2009 the war was won and he walked away.
KING: He didn’t walk away.
KRAUTHAMMER: And in the vacuum Iran walked in.
KING: He wanted to stay but we needed to have a status of forces agreement to protect U.S. troops there. If he had agreed to stay there without a status of forces agreement, he would have been impeached. He would have been impeached for that.
KRAUTHAMMER: I’m not saying he should have done it without a status of forces agreement.
TOTENBERG: And the Bush administration couldn’t get one either.
KING: It’s Maliki that did not, was not able to deliver. It was the Iraqis that couldn’t deliver that agreement. We were ready to sign.
KRAUTHAMMER: Obama offered, what the generals said is we needed a presence of 20,000. Obama said three, and Maliki said, “You’re not serious.”
I’m not so crazy as to think the liberals are ever going to stop defending their guy, but when you have people like Bill Maher saying:
He’s clean and basically his government is clean and these scandals have proven that. The government is basically clean
Combined with the broadcast news agencies not pressing on the scandals, it is easy to become disheartened. His poll numbers have dropped, but you still have to shake your head when Pew poll comes out with a 49% approval for the man creating headlines that he is weathering the scandal storm:
|RCP Average||6/9 – 6/21||—||45.6||49.0||-3.4|
|Gallup||6/19 – 6/21||1500 A||46||45||+1|
|Rasmussen Reports||6/19 – 6/21||1500 LV||45||54||-9|
|Reuters/Ipsos||6/14 – 6/18||1734 A||44||48||-4|
|The Economist/YouGov||6/15 – 6/17||684 RV||44||54||-10|
|Pew Research||6/12 – 6/16||1512 A||49||43||+6|
|CNN/Opinion Research||6/11 – 6/13||1014 A||45||54||-9|
|Time||6/10 – 6/11||805 A||48||44||+4|
|FOX News||6/9 – 6/11||1019 RV||44||50||-6|
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to these numbers as immigration reform plays out this week.
Oh and let us not forget the $60-100 million family trip to Africa the Obama’s are taking this week.