There’s One Fact Republicans Blaming Obama for Iraq Don’t Want Americans to Know About

gwbush_obamaI’ve often said that in politics you rarely deal with absolute certainties.  Especially these last few years where Republicans have seemed to somehow turn proven facts into debatable issues.

But I guess that’s what happens when you let a bunch of crazy radicals who believe in conspiracy theories more than they do proven science take over your party.  Because that’s honestly what much of the tea party is.  It’s a voice given to those people who just a few years ago were laughed at as the “tinfoil hate weirdos” spending hours in online chat rooms spouting off nonsense.

Not anymore.

They’ve now taken over a good portion of one of the two largest political parties in this country and are doing everything they can to completely take over the GOP.

Well, as most people have probably heard by now, Iraq is quickly unraveling into another giant mess.  Radical Islamic militants are swiftly moving from city to city in Iraq, seizing control and heading toward Baghdad.

And as they do with everything else, Republicans are doing everything they can to blame this on President Obama.  Which is absolutely ridiculous.

I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Republicans make a statement that goes something like, “He pulled our troops out and left it into the hands of the terrorists!”

Okay, well it’s true that in December of 2011 we did pull all of our troops out of Iraq.  But we didn’t do it because of President Obama’s policies – we did it because of a Status of Forces Agreement (sometimes called SOFA) that was signed while George W. Bush was still president

This agreement, again signed by George W. Bush, set deadlines for the end of U.S. combat operations as June 30, 2009 and for all U.S. forces to be pulled out of Iraq by December 30, 2011.

So when they say “Obama pulled U.S. forces out of Iraq in 2011 leaving the country to fall into the hands of terrorists,” the reality is he was following an agreement that George W. Bush had already signed well before he became president.

Again, this is just another example of Republicans trying to blame something on President Obama that was caused by George W. Bush.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Peter J. Kraus

    More and more, our insane radicals and complicit press are turning the country into a sad joke. Thankfully, I can watch and read European news (German and BBC on my little Roku app on the tv set) to get more news from a different perspective, not so much colored by the media owners´ greed and advertisers´ preferences.

    Never ceases to amaze me how intensely we are lied to by outlets like CNN and of course Fox.Twisting facts, denying and rearranging are all par for the course. Was it always like this? I doubt it.

    • Avatar

      Even al-jazeera provide better news than Fox News and CNN combined.

      • Stephen Barlow

        CNN has pretty much gone completely dark money TeaParty. Guess they take that “news is entertainment do we can manufacture all the advertisers will pay for” crap seriously. Wonder how many want Anderson Cooper to be traded to MSNBC for JoeScarborough? I know I Do. We would keep Misha though, just to balance out the curvy couch crew…

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Sadly, AT&T refused to carry Al-Jazeera America.

      • Tamarindwalk

        Actually, that’s imposing censorship.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Al Jazeera is now one of the most respected news organizations in the world. Because they actually REPORT the NEWS!

      • kevinbarry

        Al Jizzerror ? a respected news organization ? really you have lost your mind

    • Manuel Newton

      CNN has pretty much said the same thing as this article says about the agreement made to pull out of Iraq. I don’t see how they are lying. Fox News on the other hand is the biggest load of crap on TV.

      • Stephen Barlow

        BEcause CNN keeps running tape loops of McCain et all LYING IN PUBLIC about it. Suborning perjury is just a heinous a crime to justice and truth as actual perjury. Like teaching your kid to use the N word in every sentence, followed by an apology to God @ the end of the day. It STILL is a corrupt journalism.

      • Manuel Newton

        I watch CNN every day and I haven’t seen any McCain tape loops. I also watch other news too because I like to get different points of views.

      • Stephen Barlow

        YOu missed the beginning of every segment then. Wolf, Erin, The dork in the Afternoon… They ALL played McCain and many others spouting the lie, and then ‘mentioning in passing’ that Bush signed the SOFA in 2008.

        Honest reporting would sound like,” The Bush Legacy continues to expand in the middle east as ISIS forces over run the American armed and trained Iraqi Army, with desertions by the thousands. BEcause there is no American residual force due to George W Bush failing to secure a Status of Forces Agreement allowing some advisory and security troops in Iraq until a peaceful coalition of Sunni & Shite leadership can be relied upon…”

    • Linda J Glick

      Journalists an News?Media Reporters ONCE had Integrity, but that slowly slipped away! PBS was once very reliable, but after GWBush was elected, they were forced th bring on board a Repub leaning CEO, or have all funding Cut!!

    • J.D.

      Agree 100%. I DO NOT watch any American news networks. If you want the truth, you have to be diligent in your research. It is getting more and more difficult to find unbiased sources for the news. The funny thing is if you were to quote Al-Jeezera or BBC news, people being spoon fed their Fox and Cnn propaganda would think YOU were the dumb one. You really have to read between the lines when looking at the news. I would call Stewart left leaning, but I have seen him rip on both sides. It is unfortunate that to many people do not understand that you CAN mix real news with satire and still get the point across. It usually involves a little more intellect for a person to get it though.

  • disqus_N7cU4fTrLs

    And the only people who have brought it up are: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. And people wonder why they are some of the most trusted names in news today.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Sad when the only honest journalism comes from Comedy Central!!! A shame really.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        If the media reporting was even half as good a Stewart and Colbert, Bush wouldn’t have been re-elected.

      • Tamarindwalk

        Actually, whether he was really and honestly re-elected is questionable.

      • Stephen Barlow

        There is no doubt, even John Kerry said that if the Diebold voting computers in Ohio were NOT factory programmed to scrub their memory upon download of the tabulation data… Kerry would have sued Bush and the GOP for fraud.

      • Scott Rosen

        YouTube: Did Anonymous Stop Karl Rove from stealing Ohio again?

      • Karen

        You don’t own a molecule of intelligence.

      • Stephen Barlow

        If media were REQUIRED BY LAW TO TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH…. and retract EVER fraudulent word and correct every incomplete or misleading report @ the beginning of each broadcast…

        Fox would be in the apology business and Rupert Murdock would go broke.

      • ron444888

        this is not true !!

      • Stephen Barlow


      • BS ME and MBA

        Just like Faux news, you make stuff up. Please provide the law that requires Fox News to tell the truth. Fact – there is none!!! Any news outlet can report whatever they want.

      • Stephen Barlow

        PLEASE learn to READ.

        IF begins the sentence and not understanding that kinda makes you look more stupid than ignorant.

      • Catherius

        That was the point he was making. Not that it is required, but that it SHOULD be. Read much?

      • Catherius

        As it should be!

      • surfjac

        bush wasn’t re-elected. he was appointed President the first time by the SCOTUS and the deciding vote was his daddy’s pick.

    • Quelthias

      I get my news from Jon Stewart, and my comedy from Fox News.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Watch, how when confronted with THE TRUTH, John McCain et all will leave their propaganda standing without apology. it’s the unapologetic nature of these corrupt media whore politicians that disgusts Me the most.

    Maybe it should be in the House andSenate Rules that ALL PUBLIC MISTAKES MUST BE CORRECTED VERBALLY ON THE FLOOR OF THE Capitol.

    Wouldn’t shut them up, but it WOULD make them accountable.

    • msaxie

      republicans need to ante up and make their money backers pay The United States back for every penny that party has cost our country. It is one thing to vote for a bill that might unknowingly be considered a risk. It is something very different to knowingly and dishonestly rob the American People. They should pay in hard cold cash.

      • Stephen Barlow

        RICO laws call for treble damages and Forfeiture of all assets.

        So the oil companies would become National Property and they would pay three times the cash equivalent for ALL the VA costs forthe next 50 years in ADDITION to the $3 Trillion spent on war and covert subterfuge in the middle East since Reagan sold guns to terrorists in 1983.

        Sad how that was the same time 273 Marines were murdered in Beirut…

  • Elbert Buc Buchanan

    To me, that is ridiculous because our military had no real reason to be there in the first place. The area isn’t destabilizing because it was never stable. This whole police state crap has to stop. Especially since it is just a deceptive way to profit from war.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      We had no reason to be there in the first place.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Oh, there was a reason. Access to those lovely Iraqi oil fields by “our” giant oil companies. (Who are all multi-national.)

      • janinec

        That is really not true. That is just the narrative that some people want you to believe.

  • Sunnysmom

    It’s also conveniently omitted that Obama went against his own party and offered to leave troops 5,000 troops there. It was Maliki and Iraq’s own internal political processes that stopped that. They wanted us gone, we needed to be gone, what they did after that is up to them. We should never have invaded in the first place, period.

    • Stephen Barlow

      That was in addition to the rEALITY of BUSH committing complete withdrawl of EVERY AMERICAN TROOP by 2011. Which, just like Bush did in handing off the recession in it’s most uncontrolled plummeting moment… obligated President Obama to a course of action beyond his control.

      Ever think about WHY would the Republicans choose McCain? WHY did they LET Him choose Palin?

      There is no way in the world the REDS wanted the White house in 2008. BOTH choices we token resistance in a political game of “Make The Other Party Lose”. And when Obama’s VERY FIRST 90 DAYS were a screaming a screaming success… the obstructionism and character assassination began in earnest.

      And to THIS DAY, not ONE Republican can speak an honest word about him. Senile McCain, whose warmongering is legendary was PRESENT WHEN BUSH signed the SOFA with Maliki, said not leaving troops in Iraq was Obama’s doing,,,!!!

  • Sandy Greer

    Here’s a fact:

    CIA and Neocons have meddled – with disastrous results – all over this world.

    Presidents come, presidents go. Bush/Obama (or any other president since WW2) doesn’t matter. It’s the CIA and Neocons (of both parties) bringing our chickens home to roost.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Isn’t it funny that over 2000 private citizen run and staffed companies contract intelligence and surveillance work ofr the NSA and FHS?

      Shouldn’t the most secret, important and sophisticated of our intelligence operations be STRICTLY GOVERNMENTALLY SUPERVISED AND CONTROLLED?

      • Sandy Greer

        What happened to your poor avatar? Shouldn’t you have another?

      • Stephen Barlow

        I need to refix that.

  • James

    Do the Republicans think President Obama can control alCIAda with all those NEOCONs that Bush put in charge there and in the Pentagon ?

  • KSJmom

    Actually, Stephen Colbert called them out on it on his show yesterday.

  • BR Ponik

    Okay, I accept that the President Obama inherited a mess, lived up to the agreed to time frame for troop withdrawal. However, I do not accept that the “blame” should be placed on Bush. If you want to blame Bush for our involvement, have at it; but our President must be held accountable for his own actions. If he thought it would be better to stay longer, he could have made that call. If he thought it would be better to get out quicker, he could make that call too. I neither seek to blame or endorse his decision; at this time, history is unfolding and with time we will gain perspective. But don’t be mindless, those in charge are accountable. This president should not be an exception. If he is, his office is meaningless; any of his efforts unremarkable. He is empowered, and we should treat him and his decisions consistently.

    • Sideswiper

      You can’t have it both ways…
      You’re wrong that the blame should not be placed on Bush for the same reason you say Obama is accountable… Also, you failed to research and consider that Obama did not leave a residual force of American troops in Iraq after he withdrew US troops because Maliki would not sign a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) protecting US soldiers. For an agreement to be valid, it requires that both parties sign the agreement.

      • BR Ponik

        See my comments above. I have researched, I understand the President’s reasoning, but he also made a decision. Not blaming him, sorry if you took my comments as blame.

    • tcaruso01

      He tried!! Obama tried to re-negotiate SOFA and the Iraqis refused! Get your head out of your ass and do some research before you make yourself look even more foolish than you already have!!

      • BR Ponik

        I was not blaming Obama, again, name calling is not constructive. I am only saying it is not consistent to blame Bush and not hold our current president accountable for his decisions. All leaders need to be held accountable. I am just saying we should stop “blaming” or finger pointing and have an honest discussion about the situation. Part of that honest discussion is to hold each party, leader, etc. accountable for their decisions. Bush is accountable for engaging the USA into a war. President Obama is responsible for his own decisions concerning the war.

      • tcaruso01

        Name calling is necessary when you fail basic reasoning skills!! What decision did Obama make that has lead to the current situation? You want to hold a president accountable for something that has occurred over which he had no control! Against the wishes of most Americans and at the risk of his alienating his fellow party members, he tried to re-negotiate the terms of SOFA to allow for a longer US presence in Iraq and the elected Iraqi government refused. I say again…REFUSED!!! Please explain what you feel the further steps are that he could have taken to keep the US military presence there and to prevent the destabilization that has occurred!

  • Sideswiper

    Here are some facts pertinent to the SOFA Agreement –

    1. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney invaded Iraq with no clear and
    comprehensiveplan for what to do after the invasion and the end of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Weeks before the war, the administration stated there was no reason to fear that sectarian conflict would ensue after Saddam was

    2. Following the invasion, the Bush-Cheney administration decided to prohibit the Sunni-dominated Baath Party from participating in a post-Saddam government and decommissioned the existing Baathist-ledmilitary. This caused deep resentment among Sunnis, especially former military commanders and soldiers (who would now be available for an armed opposition). The move had the effect of banishing Iraqis with governing and security experience from the post-Saddam order. That would be good for chaos and conflict.

    3. The Bush-Cheney deciders, having decimated the Sunni ruling establishment, backed the creation of a government led by hard-line Shiite religious parties, including the party of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Maliki regime has been corrupt, authoritarian,and incompetent—and allied closely with the Shiite government in Iran. (Iran was a key sponsor of Maliki when he was in exile during the Saddam years.) The thuggish Maliki government, supported by the Bush administration and then the Obama administration, has treated the Sunni areas of Iran as enemy territory and refused to share power with Sunnis—stoking the deep-seated tensions between Sunnis and Shiites. (As the murderous Sunni ultra-extremists of the Islamic
    State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have gained power in Mosul and other
    Sunni-dominated cities and towns, non-extremist Sunnis have sided with—or tolerated—the jihadists because of their shared hatred of the Maliki regime and the Iraqi military, which Sunnis in Mosul considered an occupying force).

    4.President Barack Obama did not leave a residual force of American troops in Iraq after he withdrew US troops because Maliki would not signa Status of Forces Agreement protecting US soldiers. Though Bush also did not negotiate a long-term SOFA, prominent Republicans, including Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney, have slammed Obama for failing to obtain such an agreement. But Fareed Zakaria reports that a senior Iraqi politician told him, “Maliki cannot allow American troops to stay on. Iran has made very clear to Maliki that it’sNo. 1 demand is that there be no American troops remaining in Iraq. And Maliki owes them.”

    5. The United States has provided much training and equipment to the Iraqi military—$25 billion in military aid—before and after the US withdrawal. Yet under Maliki the Iraqi army has not been professionalized and has committed repeated abuses against civilians, according to Human Rights Watch, including unlawful raids and arrests, torture, and indiscriminate shelling. When a relatively
    small band of jihadists attacked Mosul and Tikrit, four major divisions folded. Training and equipment does not help if soldiers strip off their uniforms and flee because they are not committed to themission and the government.

    6. More US assistance to Malikiand his military may not make the difference. (See No. 5.) Moreover, Iran has sent special forces to Iraq to assist Maliki—bolstering Iraq’s dependence on Iran. Ifthe United States were to funnel additional military equipment (and more advanced equipment) to Maliki’s army, it could well end up with the ISIS jihadists (given the Iraq military’s habit to cut and run) or—get this—with the Revolutionary Guard of Iran. A good deal for Tehran. And if US air strikes are ordered in Iraq to assist Maliki, American fighter jets or drones would be deployed in a tactical alliance with Iran.

    7. The current crisis is not the result of inadequate US support of Maliki
    and the Iraqi military. It is the outcome of Maliki’s failures, which have provided the evildoers of ISIS—a band that does threaten civilians and stability in the region—an opportunity, and these failures were enabled by the Bush administration and unaddressed by the Obama crew. Unless the basic dynamic is altered, any military action—whether taken by the United States, regional allies,and/or NATO—will be as effective as pounding sand.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Thanks for the reality notice.

      Funny how NO NEWS MEDIA puts all this in one report. It’s all buzz words and punch lines.

  • wheldon rumproast

    We never should have been there in the 1st place. The middle east is a no-win situation for the US. Just leave and let the whack-jobs over there (as opposed to the whack-jobs over here) sort out their own problems & politics.

  • Beer_fixes_eveything

    There is a lot of things George Bush did in office where Obama didn’t follow in lock step when he became president. He generally gets credit for that amongst his supporters. You can’t get the credit for your choices (following Bush’s policy was Obama’s choice) without taking blame when they don’t work out the best.

  • disqus_3T0GaFQeyV

    Whatever you do, don’t let anyone know that the Status of Forces agreement with South Korea was signed in 1967 and revised in 1991 and 2001. The Status of Forces agreement with Japan was signed in 1960 and replaced the original one from 1951. Somebody might get the idea that those agreements can be renewed if you know how to negotiate.

  • DavidD

    The GOP and the Democratic party do not represent the intrest of most people in this country so most people don’t vote.Most delusional hate filled fanatics do.Both parties present the issues as a left or right issue and inflame the culture wars for their own benifit.This is not the real cause of our discontent and trouble.
    It’s an issue of up or down and income inequality is at the base of it.
    There is two ways to handle this.Violent revolution which will occur when activist from both sides force the huge apathetic center to choose sides or the electoral process.
    I vote for the rule of law and electoral democracy and I vote the straight Democratic ticket every election.
    I hold my nose as i do it but the GOP now is the greater threat as it’s leadership is being driven by a minority of hateful racist who turn populism on it’s head by supporting an utopian fantasy concocted by selfish entities for their own gain.
    I hold my nose when I vote and hope one day to purge the leadership of the Democratic party towards true progresive action through the principles of Social Democracy and I mark my ballot.
    People need to grow up and come to the relization that the world does not exist to please them and get up,quit whining and vote.

  • janinec

    Poor deluded sheeple… I feel sorry for ya

  • endmathabusenow

    The alternative argument to the points here about the SOFA is that the Obama administration had the opportunity to negotiate an extension of time to leave some US troops in place, but did not try hard enough. There were negotiations around this, but the two sides ended with irreconcilable differences, including the issue of immunity for US troops.

  • Steve

    You guys know that Colbert and Stewart are both promoting their “opinion” and not actual news right?