Bachmann Takes President Obama to Task over Iraq Troop Withdrawal
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama’s decision to drawdown nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year in an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
The Minnesota congresswoman and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus argued that the president’s decision was politically motivated and that our military had been “kicked out” of the country.
“It seems more political-based than it does military-based, this decision, so it’s more like ‘General Axelrod’ is making this decision to take the troops down to zero,” said Bachmann, referring to former White House aide David Axelrod, who now works in Chicago on the president’s re-election campaign.
Bachmann posited that a complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq would leave Iran “waiting in the wings” to “exert its dominance and influence in the region.”
“That’s not good for anyone,” she said. “The United States has expended 4,400 lives, over $800 billion in toil and blood and treasure. While we’re on the way out, we’re being kicked out by the very people that we liberated.”
CBS news reports that many U.S. officials wanted to leave several thousand military trainers in the country past the end of this year, but, as The Associated Press reported Sunday, “Iraqi leaders have adamantly refused to give U.S. troops immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts, and the Americans have refused to stay without it.”