Saturday, October 22, 2011

Toasting Victory In Iran Over U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq

President Obama made the announcement of U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq sound like it was his plan.

In truth, his administration was unable to broker a deal with the Iraqi government to allow troops to stay to train Iraqi troops, maintain security and keep the neighboring Iranians out of the country.

The Obama administration had plenty of time to make a deal, but they appeared to be more interested in eliminating the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy from the military than they were in preserving our influence in a country where we have achieved military victory over an evil dictator, spent billions there, and lost thousands of American lives.

This reminds me of 1973 and the withdrawal of American combat troops from South Vietnam. With the absence of American combat troops, the North Vietnamese communists invaded the south in 1975 and defeated the South Vietnamese troops.

We have troops in South Korea, which prevented the North Korean communists from invading the south. We also had troops in West Germany, which prevented the Soviet bloc troops from invading the west.    

In her column at Judith Miller suggests that the Iranians are having a victory toast over the American withdrawal. I believe she is right.

 They must be uncorking the non-alcoholic champagne in Teheran today.

The Obama administration’s decision to withdraw by 2011 all but 160 U.S. active-duty troops to guard the American embassy in Baghdad is a strategic defeat for the U.S. that is likely to significantly enhance Iran’s already considerable influence in Iraq and throughout the region.

You can read the rest of Judith Miller's column via the below link:

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