Conservative arguments on Iraq ring hollow

  • Charles Krauthammer

There are more than a handful of military historians and analysts who say the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was among the worst foreign policy blunders in the 235 year history of this glorious nation.

It wasn't bad enough that the casus belli for the Bush administration to invade that country proved false. It also took away the focus of our military into going after the nerve center of those attacks, which was in Afghanistan.

Now in less than two months, that national nightmare will finally conclude, as all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by December 31. Although President Obama is getting praise from his supporters for maintaining a campaign pledge, the fact of the matter is it was the George W. Bush administration who signed the Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government that set this withdrawal up a full three years ago.

But conservatives, such as the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer, argue that President Obama simply didn't argue loud enough in trying to negotiate an agreement that would give legal immunity to a limited number of troops that would stay after December 31.

In his >op-ed today, Krauthammer bashes Obama, but ignores a small fact - the majority of the Iraqi people are through with the U.S. involvement, and would like us to leave.