The failure of Barack Obama to negotiate an acceptable agreement to leave enough troops in Iraq to secure the peace and prevent an Iranian takeover is a diplomatic and strategic failure of major proportion. Now led by the Department of Justice, the Administration is compounding the diplomatic disaster by pretending radical Islam is no longer a threat worth mentioning.
Yes, mistakes have been made in Iraq over the last 8 ½ years. But, after the enormous sacrifice of blood and treasure, it is indefensible to cede victory to Iran, and that we fear, is exactly what the President has done. The sectarian, anti-democratic elements within and outside of Iraq committed to perpetuating terror, violence and instability have succeeded in forcing a premature withdrawal of American forces by an all too willing American Commander-in-Chief.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's fragile, immature, undependable government was cobbled together by a deal brokered by Tehran and Iranian proxy Moqtada al-Sadr, who has buckets of American blood on his hands. The radical Shiite Cleric who fomented the bloodiest days of the war was chased into exile in Iran for four years, returning last January after his "party" won a number of seats in the new Parliament.
Maliki, who once moved to crush Sadr's Mahdi Army, struggled for months to piece together a coalition government and cling to his leadership position for another term. But, demonstrating that political power trumps principal, Maliki cut a deal with the devil. "It was Sadr's recent decision to support Maliki for a second term (as Prime Minister), in a deal brokered by Iran, that ended eight months of political deadlock and allowed Maliki, also a Shiite, to cobble together his new government," as the Washington Post reported last January. Having secured Maliki's re-election, Sadr emerged as the defacto power broker. The marching orders in Baghdad started coming from Tehran, not Washington, and the end was in sight.