Charles Krauthammer: Too little too late — Obama has responsibility to Iraq

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    June 24, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    No, No, the mission WAS accomplished, the oil was liberated all the while Texas enjoyed record high oil prices.

    Bush Jr, had no plans for a stable country or he wouldn't have gone in, but his mission was accomplished.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 23, 2014 6:29 p.m.

    “The real problem was Obama's reluctance to maintain any significant presence in Iraq.”

    Wrong Charles. The SOFA agreement signed by Bush called for a FULL withdrawal of American combat forces at the end of 2011, and the Iraqis didn’t want us to stay a second longer.

    What did you expect Obama to do? . . . Compel the Iraqis to accept and American force there against their will?

    That’s ridiculous.

    Besides . . . Do we really want American forces pinned down in Iraq?

    Most Americans don't want that, and it wouldn't even be a consideration now, if the GW Bush administration hadn't made such a series of horrendous mistakes that just seem to keep on giving.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2014 1:29 p.m.

    to Hutterite

    The quagmire that is the Middle east began when the Ottoman Empire fell apart & the current borders were "created" at the end of WW1.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 22, 2014 7:57 p.m.

    You know the thing that impressed me as I watched the morning shows was how seriously people from both sides were looking at the path that got us to this point. Most interesting was the governor who we sent into manage the reconstruction of Iraq that listed out all the mistakes he disagreed with how we did things during his tenure.

    Only a few mostly mentally blind people, Cheney, Charles, and this one lady one CNN continued to believe this was a purely partisan thing... It was encouraging to see mature people look at all the different things that got us to this point.

    Ten, fifteen years from now, history will tell a much different story about this than we are telling today. Only once time has had its chance to sooth the emotion that is running rampant right now will we be able to get a real view of these events.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 22, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    "We can debate forever whether those costs were worth it, but what is not debatable is Obama's responsibility for the return of the Islamist insurgency that had been routed by the time he became president."

    To chuck and my fellow repub brothers and sisters.

    No Mr Krauthammer, it's not even debatable.

    Iraq has added over $2 trillion more of debt and taken away nearly 5 thousand American fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters.

    Iraq was never worth it. We tried to tell you and your ilk. You never listened... And you continue to ignore is because you're so blinded by your ideology. Party over people. Sad.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 22, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    It is a political reality that when something happens on your watch, you are given the blame. Supporters of the president take credit for only the good events and detractors blame the president for everything bad. It is not a new phenomena among partisans.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    June 22, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    If anyone is tempted to believe Chuck's words, just do a quick google search...

    1. Search Bush Doctrine: that the US had the right to invade any country it wanted to prevent a potential war. Ummm yeah. Just think about this for a second. Think the Founding Fathers would have supported this? Can any god fearing democracy support this logic? Chuck hopes you don't have the Internet to look this disgusting article up.

    2. Krauthammer Argued The Iraq War Would Spread Democracy Throughout Middle East. Krauthammer argued in his February 1, 2002, in the Washington Post:

    "Iran is not a ready candidate for the blunt instrument of American power, because it is in the grips of a revolution from below. We can best accelerate that revolution by the power of example and success: First, Afghanistan to the east. Next, Iraq to the west."

    3. Krauthammer: "Time Is Running Short. Saddam Has Weapons Of Mass Destruction." Krauthammer wrote in an April 2002 Washington Post article:

    "Time is running short. Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. He is working on nuclear weapons."

    Folks, just how many more times must Chuck be wrong before you stop listening to him?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    June 22, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    "Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaida in Iraq when George W. Bush took office."

    So, Mr Krauthammer.... Tell me again why the GOP leadership was so gung ho about going into Iraq in the first place.

    No Al Qaida in Iraq, 9/11 hijackers were mostly from Saudi Arabia. You gloss over this point but manage to place blame on Obama.

    It's a stretch. Even for you.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    June 22, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    Iraq is low income housing! Take for example the young couple who got a government assisted home loan (low income). They first moved in and was very happy and just loved everything about it. Then, because they did not earn it, everthing started to fall apart. First they moved in all thier inlaws and friends, soon the lawn died, then came the junk cars and now the backyard is a complete mud hole with a giant barking dog. Now myself and other neighbors are moving away.

    It is the same thing with Iraq and their freedom. They did not earn it, it was given to them. They never paid for it so they are trashing it. Now their world is a mud hole and they want someone to bail them out again.

    Sorry but we are moving away! You got your government assistance once and you did not take care of it. Now we are sick of seeing what you have done with our blood and money.
    Good luck and good-by!

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    June 22, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    Just the usual DN / Krauthammer Sunday anti Obama rant! It doesn't matter how much lipstick you put on the pig, or how you dress the pig, it is still a pig! Even if all that Krauthammer says regarding Obama's role in Iraq is true, it doesn't change the fact that if we hadn't gone in, we wouldn't have to deal with getting out, and out we are, and out we should stay! Until Krauthammer comes to accept the fact that Obama DID win in 2008 and 2012 and IS the POTUS, he will remain the bitter old man that he is, and we will continue to be bombarded with his weekly Rants. The Sky is falling the Sky is falling!

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    June 22, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    "all the king's horses and all the king's men
    Couldn't put Humpty together again"

    Iraq was a crazy quilt nation of three separate cultures held together by a strong man dictator. George H. W. Bush sagely avoided unleashing the pent up tensions, by leaving the evil, but effective, Saddam Hussein‎, in power.

    Once Bush destabilized Iraq, the "Humpty Dumpty" principle took effect and there was no way to re-stabilize the nation!

    Cheney, Krauthammer, Wolfowitz, Kristol, and fellow neo-cons are the ones who got us into this mess, they should be too embarrassed to comment on foreign policy, let alone dictate it!

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 22, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    Mr. Krauthammer was one of the biggest booster of the war in Iraq. Every single prediction he made about the war was wrong. Now he expects us to listen to him?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 22, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    Did the president throw away a stable, self sufficient Iraq? No. Bush took that from them to begin with, and there's no way anyone can cobble a healthy democracy by cobbling together sects with centuries old grievances. Even if we kept troops there for a hundred years. Sorry but the mess in Iraq is inconsolable, and it started back in 2003.