January 10, 2014

Who Lost Iraq? It's Complicated

Ned Parker, Politico

The Associated Press

What happened is far more complicated than the critics contend. It is the story of an administration that struggled to define its relationship with Iraq as it withdrew the majority of its forces, and that was unclear about what its future military presence should look like. It is the story of an Iraqi government whose politics were poisonous, where one’s stance on the status of American troops became another weapon for rivals to bludgeon each other. And none of it fits neatly into a tight Washington narrative.

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TAGGED: Iraq, Middle East, United States, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Nouri Al-Maliki, Fallujah, Anbar Province


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