Charles Krauthammer says George W. Bush’s “surge” strategy in Iraq had essentially snatched “victory from the jaws of defeat,” but President Barack Obama squandered that victory by failing to negotiate a status of forces agreement with the country.
The Iraq War “was won and we were in a position, if we had just negotiated a status of forces agreement, to have an ally in the region, to have a base, to train their air force — that would have changed the course of the future,” he told The Daily Caller. “Instead, a decision was made by the new administration to evacuate, leaving a vacuum where Iran has come in, where al-Qaida thrives and al-Qaida actually has extended itself into Syria. This was all unnecessary — and all the result of the liquidation of a war that was won.”
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