But sooner or later, honest liberals will have to admit that Obama’s Iraq policy has been a disaster. Since the president took office, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has grown ever more tyrannical and ever more sectarian, driving his country’s Sunnis toward revolt. Since Obama took office, Iraq watchers—including those within his own administration—have warned that unless the United States pushed hard for inclusive government, the country would slide back into civil war. Yet the White House has been so eager to put Iraq in America’s rearview mirror that, publicly at least, it has given Maliki an almost-free pass. Until now, when it may be too late.As the article notes, a parade of generals, senators and foreign policy experts warned this Administration that marginalization of the Sunnis would invite civil war, Obama pressed ahead with troop withdrawals all while praising Maliki's "inclusive" government. Then, when things turned bad, Obama turned to his old ways:
For his part, Obama has not spoken to Maliki since their meeting last November.You see, when you're the only adult in the room, you just can't talk to these people.
And before I get the standard pushback: I understand that comments like those from Dick Cheney are meant to inflame rather than inform. But this guy has been Commander-in-Chief for going on six years now and he was certainly eager to declare Al-Qaeda "decimated" and Iraq stabilized during the Presidential election. Back then he was Large and In Charge. Now the new line is that, hey, Maliki forced me into this - nothin' I can do. And as ISIS lays siege to Baghdad, we can debate whether they're the best damn junior varsity team ever to take the field.