FP Foreign Policy: When President announced on Oct. 21 that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by Dec. 31, his top advisors contended that since the Bush administration had signed the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), both administrations believed that all troops should be withdrawn by the end of the year. This was part of the Obama administration's drive to de-emphasize their failed negotiations to renegotiate that agreement and frame the withdrawal as the fulfillment of a campaign promise to end the Iraq war.
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Imus guest this morning, Frank Rich, stated that Barack Obama's foreign policy hasn't been a complete disaster, and anyway Americans are not focused on foreign policy. Americans are focused on the economy and unemployment. He stated that Rick Perry, wants to invade Iraq. Uh no Frank, he wants to clean up the mess, the Obama administration has made of U.S. foreign policy. The question isn't whether we are going to end up back in Iraq, the question is when. We are a petroleum based "economy" and the stability of Iraq effects our national security. Apparently the present administration playing politics with our national security put's Obama's failure to negotiate a status of forces agreement a plus in Frank Rich's estimation.
The only republican primary candidate that answered the question correctly, during last Saturday night's ABC debate, about our foreign policy in regards to Iraq was Governor Rick Perry.
"The idea that we allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country, with all of the treasures, both in blood and money, that we have spent in Iraq- because this president wants to kowtow to his liberal leftist base, and move out those men and women. He could have renegotiated that time frame. I think it is a huge error for us," Perry said at the debate, sponsored by ABC. News/Yahoo!/WMUR-TV. Read more here at CBS News Political Hotsheet.
Does Gov Perry have a point? Iran has threatened to close the Straits of Hormuz. Has the Obama administrations failure to negotiate a status of forces agreement with the current Iraqi government emboldened the Iranians? Is the Iranian threat being down played by the media?
FYI Mr Rich, if the oil supply is slowed down or cut off to the United States, that effects our economy, and our national security. I am spit-balling, but when voters are gassing up, and prices at the pump are spiking, our foreign policy is going to be front and center in voter's concerns. Gas prices set to spike next summer, before the election.
According to Frank Rich, the act of signing off on the mission to raid the Bin Laden compound in Pakistan, something any sitting President would have been expected to support, is the shining accomplishment of the Obama administrations foreign policy. The liberal left are the masters of distraction, and managing lowered expectations. Are they batty enough to believe, the American people are going to buy what they are selling? Watch the interview, and decide for yourself.
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