By Tom Quiner
America expended a ton of blood, sweat, and tears to stabilize Iraq.
Honorable people can disagree on whether we should have gone to war. In light of Mr. Obama’s decision to withdraw, in light of Iraq’s subsequent rapid descent into chaos, the U.S. clearly should not have gone to war.
American lives were lost in vain.
History had shown us in Germany, in Japan, and in Korea, that an ongoing American presence was the only way to maintain the peace for half a century and beyond.
Mr. Obama, of course, knows more than the Roosevelts, Trumans, and Eisenhowers who left us a legacy of relative stability in regions of historical, ongoing conflict.
Mr. Obama, with his smooth rhetoric, denied this legacy.
Mr. Obama insisted a U.S. presence in Iraq was superfluous, that the war was won, that Iraq was stable and self-reliant.
Our troops left. In no time, Iraq has morphed into hell on earth.
This is Barack Obama’s legacy.