In my most recent “disjointed attempt” in writing a letter, Lee R. Pitzer ignored one element of that letter, “What I provided here comes from the NY Times and the New Yorker ...” Michael R. Gordon and Dexter Filkins respectively. Maybe Pitzer should contact and lecture them.
Both addressed the complexities in Iraqi politics and both agreed that Obama wanted out, which is obvious from the get-go. Iraqi politicians didn’t live in a vacuum, they knew as well. Quote Filkin’s: “The American attitude was: Let’s get our of here quickly as possible,” Sami al-Askari, the Iraqi member of parliament said.
It was Gordon that wrote on Maliki, “President Obama, too, was ambivalent about retaining even a small force in Iraq. For several months, American officials told me, they were unable to answer basic questions in meetings with Iraqis — like how many troops they wanted to leave behind — because the administration had not decided.” “We got no guidance from the White House,” former American Ambassador James Jeffrey told me. “We didn’t know where the president was,” Maliki kept saying. “I don’t know what I have to sell.” At one meeting, Maliki said that he was willing to sign an executive agreement granting the soldiers permission to stay, if he didn’t have to persuade the parliament to accept immunity.”
Considering what Obama has done, with considerations for Iran, in his deal with Iran, he could have got the SOFTA agreement if he really wanted it. Obama fueled sentiments as Sami al-Askari’s.
Russell C. Fette, Collinsville