Because a critical and foolish decision ,made by Obama, it has been a huge mess in the Middle East.Because he didn’t decided to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq – creating a vacuum. It’s funny — you didn’t hear a thing from the affectionate liberal progressive media saying it appeared Obama knew more than the generals. I suppose though, there’s nothing like hindsight giving one 20/20 vision.
As reported by Fox News, “The American military, along with its international partners, will need to remain in Iraq even after the expected defeat of the Islamic State group, outgoing Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.
Carter said the U.S. and its coalition partners must not stop after completing the current campaign to expel ISIS from Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul. He said the militants are on a path to lasting defeat.
“But there will still be much more to do after that to make sure that, once defeated, ISIL stays defeated,” he said, using an alternative acronym for ISIS. “We’ll need to continue to counter foreign fighters trying to escape and ISIL’s attempts to relocate or reinvent itself. To do so, not only the United States but our coalition must endure and remain engaged militarily.”
“In Iraq in particular, it will be necessary for the coalition to provide sustained assistance and carry on our work to train, equip, and support local police, border guards, and other forces to hold areas cleared from ISIL,” said Carter. Carter did not say how long this continued U.S. military presence might be necessary or how many troops would be required. At any rate, those decisions are likely to fall to the Trump administration after it takes office in January.”
Yes, everything is correct.
As Allan West said, We would not have ISIS organization ,would not have Iranian influence in Baghdad as we have now. Would not have the turmoil with Turkey and its Islamist pursuits under Recip Erdogan. Also we would not have the debacle of Syria and the influence of the Russian military. All of this would be if Obama she did in 2009.
We also wouldn’t have the largest refugee crisis since World War II, but would have far better relations with the Kurds …
But most important is that hundreds of thousands of Christians would still be in their ancestral homes, living in peace.
This statement by Ash Carter amounts to Obama looking back and saying “oops, my bad.”
The damage he’s caused, I dont know if it can be reversed, if it can, it would take very direct, consistent and persistant leadership and not sure one presidential term would be enough. The whole global thing has this momentum.