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    Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    I always thought he was a pretty square shooter. Its great to see and Obama surrogate tell the truth for once.

    Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq | Fox News

    October 2 2014

    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lashing out at President Obama’s inner circle for failing to secure a 2011 deal to leave U.S. troops in Iraq, effectively accusing the White House of sabotaging the talks – in turn, opening the door for the region to become a haven for the Islamic State.
    Panetta, who served as CIA director and then Defense secretary during those negotiations, aired his complaints in his forthcoming memoir, “Worthy Fights.” Excerpts on the Baghdad talks were published by Time.
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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    Leon Panetta just like Robert Gates are long time "yes men" in government. But they do their jobs and didn't allowed themselves to become politicized no matter who's administration they worked for.

    But Panetta and Gates are the only two competent appointees that Obama ever made to serve in his failed administration during the past six years and nine months.

    I'm sure Panetta is going out of his way trying to be kind towards Obama just like Gates did in his book.

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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    I always thought he was a pretty square shooter. Its great to see and Obama surrogate tell the truth for once.

    Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq | Fox News

    October 2 2014

    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lashing out at President Obama’s inner circle for failing to secure a 2011 deal to leave U.S. troops in Iraq, effectively accusing the White House of sabotaging the talks – in turn, opening the door for the region to become a haven for the Islamic State.
    Panetta, who served as CIA director and then Defense secretary during those negotiations, aired his complaints in his forthcoming memoir, “Worthy Fights.” Excerpts on the Baghdad talks were published by Time.
    Particularly the bolded. Sure you did. Anything, even a monkey critical of Obama would be on your friends list.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Leon Panetta just like Robert Gates are long time "yes men" in government. But they do their jobs and didn't allowed themselves to become politicized no matter who's administration they worked for.

    But Panetta and Gates are the only two competent appointees that Obama ever made to serve in his failed administration during the past six years and nine months.

    I'm sure Panetta is going out of his way trying to be kind towards Obama just like Gates did in his book.
    Oh please Apache, you know better then that. If either of them were to be "nice" they would have waited until Obama was finished with his presidency to write books.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Particularly the bolded. Sure you did. Anything, even a monkey critical of Obama would be on your friends list.
    As usual attack the OP. The facts speak for themselves.
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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Oh please Apache, you know better then that. If either of them were to be "nice" they would have waited until Obama was finished with his presidency to write books.

    Now is the best time to do it.
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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    As usual attack the OP. The facts speak for themselves.
    What "facts"??? These are allegations and opinions, written in memoir fashion.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    I always thought he was a pretty square shooter. Its great to see and Obama surrogate tell the truth for once.

    Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq | Fox News

    October 2 2014

    Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lashing out at President Obama’s inner circle for failing to secure a 2011 deal to leave U.S. troops in Iraq, effectively accusing the White House of sabotaging the talks – in turn, opening the door for the region to become a haven for the Islamic State.
    Panetta, who served as CIA director and then Defense secretary during those negotiations, aired his complaints in his forthcoming memoir, “Worthy Fights.” Excerpts on the Baghdad talks were published by Time.


    Kind of ruins the myth that Obama couldn't convince the Iraqi government to leave some residual troops in place to guide the Iraqi's


    In them, Panetta explained that Iraqi leaders privately wanted some U.S. forces to stay behind after the formal 2011 withdrawal, though they would not say so publicly. The former secretary, though, said the U.S. had “leverage” to strike a deal, and the Defense and State departments tried to do exactly that.

    “But,” he wrote, “the President’s team at the White House pushed back, and the differences occasionally became heated. … and those on our side viewed the White House as so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather than lock in arrangements that would preserve our influence and interests.”
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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Oh please Apache, you know better then that. If either of them were to be "nice" they would have waited until Obama was finished with his presidency to write books.
    For national security reasons, they couldn't wait.

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    Re: Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq

    We've spent billions of dollars and a decade training the Iraqi army.
    They wilted at the mere sight of the ISIS.
    I guess we were wasting our time and money....either our training was ineffective or the Iraqis won't fight for their freedom..
    It's their land.....and they won't fight for it.
    Too bad.
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