Here's what actually happened:
"...in 2008 George W. Bush signed the U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement. It included a deadline of 31 December 2011, before which "all the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory". The last U.S. troops left Iraq on 18 December 2011, in accordance with this agreement."
Or from another source:
"The Bush administration had agreed to withdraw all troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, in order to obtain a status of forces agreement in 2008. President Obama later urged Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to accept American troops in Iraq after 2011, but after the Iraqis would not grant a status of forces agreement that would grant certain immunities to American soldiers, the U.S. military advised Obama to completely pull out of Iraq."
Got that straight, now? It was George W. Bush who locked the United States into an ironclad departure date from Iraq. Obama actually tried to negotiate that, but the Iraqis (having discovered in the previous decade what wonderful friends of theirs U.S. troops were) were having none of it. So Obama had to keep the miserable troop removal agreement that was the last of all the miserable moves the Bush administration made in Iraq.
Here, in fact, from the Bush White House website, are some of the farcical remarks that Bush made upon the conclusion of that agreement
"I am also looking forward to signing the joint statement here affirming two landmark agreements that solidify Iraq's democratic gains, that recognize Iraq's sovereignty, and that puts the relations between our two countries on a solid footing today and a solid footing tomorrow. They cement a strategic partnership between our two countries, and they pave the way for American forces to return home, as the war in Iraq approaches a successful end...And our plan is working. You notice I say "our plan." Today, violence is down dramatically. Al Qaeda is driven from its safe havens. Sunnis, Shia, and Kurds are sitting together at the same table to part -- to peacefully chart the future of this country. There is hope in the eyes of Iraqis' young. This is a future of what we've been fighting for -- a strong and capable democratic Iraq that will be a force of freedom and a force for peace in the heart of the Middle East; a country that will serve as a source for stability in a volatile region; a country that will deny a safe haven to al Qaeda. As a result of these successes, Mr. Prime Minister, the American people are safer...The agreement lays out a framework for the withdrawal of American forces in Iraq -- a withdrawal that is possible because of the success of the surge."A minute or two after these idiotic comments, someone threw a shoe at Bush. Too bad it wasn't a brick, and too bad it missed.
Well, that sets the stage. Now, on to last March. Here's a wonderful photo of John McCain with some of his new-found friends, on the occasion of one more attempt to undermine the black guy who beat him in 2008:
who are these guys?
"Back in May 2013, Forever Warmonger John McCain was really excited about the prospects of arming the Syrian moderates who were fighting to free that country from the iron grip of Bashar al-Assad.
Only one small problem with the little photo-op: ...some of the ... guys in the pic are apparently members of a slightly less “moderate” group: ISIS, the guys who are currently bringing down Iraq, and the photo is reportedly being circulated by ISIS as proof of their legitimacy. Oops."
Yup, the other guys in this photo are members of ISIS, and in his never-ending quest to destroy the legitimacy of Barack Obama's Presidency, McCain joined forces with them and worked to arm them. ISIS! McCain actually worked to arm ISIS, just a few months ago! A group which has committed themselves to attacking the United States, and McCain is on their side, not ours. Think about that, the next time you hear talk about "adhering to the enemy, giving them aid and comfort."
Well, anyway, all of that is only background to McCain's latest outburst. Here he is now:
"Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) reacted this morning to the execution of an American journalist by ISIS, arguing that the growth of ISIS is a direct result of President Obama's decision to leave no residual U.S. force in Iraq.
Obama has said recently that the Iraqi government would not agree on a deal to leave some U.S. troops in the country. McCain disputed that, saying the president always "wanted out of Iraq."
"He's not telling the truth when he says he wanted to leave a residual force behind. He did not and that was a huge mistake. These things are not like earthquakes or hurricanes. Failures of policies have consequences and we are paying those consequences in an enormous cost of human blood and it's a debacle," said McCain.
McCain said there needs to be more U.S. boots on the ground, though that doesn't necessarily mean "combat troops," in order to defeat ISIS. McCain criticized Obama saying we have to "contain" ISIS, rather than defeat them."
Yes, that's right, John...It's Obama who agreed to pull the troops out (lie.)
"He's not telling the truth when he says he wanted to leave a residual force behind."- (lie)
"Obama has said recently that the Iraqi government would not agree on a deal to leave some U.S. troops in the country. McCain disputed that (lie,) saying the president always "wanted out of Iraq."
Well, as for always wanting out of Iraq, that one is true. No sane person wanted to prolong our involvement there, and the greatest failure of Obama's Presidency is that he didn't announce at his inaugural that Bush and Cheney had lost their war of aggression, and Obama intended to remove all troops immediately.
Let's just cut to the core of things here: This guy is not just a compulsive liar, he is a traitor, who is willing to side with the most savage terrorists in the world if it hurts the elected United States government. But he is still treated like the grand old man of American politics. Too bad we didn't have the sense to treat him the same way he wanted to treat Bowe Bergdahl, and leave him in that damned cage in Vietnam, where he belonged.