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Abdicating Iraq

It may not be the exactly correct description, but what do you call cutting and running from victory before it has solidified?

The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned… a senior Obama administration official in Washington confirmed Saturday that all American troops will leave Iraq except for about 160 active-duty soldiers attached to the U.S. Embassy.

One hundred & sixty troops, are they joking? I wish that were so, instead it is their strategic thinking that is a joke. There is no doubt that we could negotiate a deal to leave a reasonable number of troops in Iraq if we wanted, but Obama doesn't want to. Hell he did everything he could to lose this war when we were fighting it, now he is doing his best to lose the peace.

Iran is our biggest enemy in the Middle East and this naive and misguided action leaves the playing field to them and they will certainly take advantage. We could have a good friend and ally on the free country of Iraq, a la Japan or Germany or Korea. But Obama and his team of post-Americans refuse to countenance any "imperialist" activities and apparently helping a country gain its footing after liberation from decades of tyranny offends their delicate sensibilities.

Iraq is free to choose its own path in a dangerous region and that is a good thing. But they do not act in a vacuum. Iran and Syria and others attempt to influence them and not in ways that are good for peace-loving people. We sacrificed the lives of thousands of US troops to allow millions of Iraqis to taste freedom. Now that they have had the barest sip at that nectar, our naif in chief will dash their hope.

Bob Krumm has some thoughts on this topic.