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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