Santorum: Because Of Obama, We’ve ‘Lost The War In Iraq’

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"Santorum: Because Of Obama, We’ve ‘Lost The War In Iraq’"

Last Friday, President Obama announced a total troop withdrawal from Iraq at the end of year to signify that “after nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.” Naturally, the 2012 GOP presidential field took this historic opportunity to unleash vitriol on the president for his decision. Mitt Romney called it an “astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition,” wondering whether “naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude” was behind it. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called it a “complete failure,” while Jon Huntsman downgraded it to a “mistake.” Yesterday on CBS’s Face the Nation, candidate Rick Santorum joined the “scathing” peanut gallery by telling host Bob Schieffer that Obama essentially “lost the war in Iraq“:

SANTORUM: We have a President who is not able to set conditions and to actually have the kind of influence over the Iraqi government. Now three years the President has had to– to work with the Iraqi government to try to mold and shape that relationship. And to be in a position where really the Iranians now have more sway over the Iraqi government than the United States just shows the weakness of our– our diplomatic effort, the weakness of this President, in being able to shape the battlefield if you will. And I think that’s the reason people were so upset that, you know, we’ve lost– in many respects we’ve lost control and lost the war in Iraq, because we have Iran having broadened its sphere of influence.

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When pushed on why a president would leave troops in a country that would not support — and would prosecute — U.S. soldiers, Santorum insisted we were no longer wanted because “we’ve lost this sphere of influence” to Iran. He argued that because Obama didn’t offer more support to Iranian protesters a few years ago, he “tacitly supported the mullahs and [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad.” As a result, “they now have this huge sphere of influence because they know the United States is simply not going to do anything to stop them from going and spreading their venom.”

While it’s important to note that Obama is following the agreement President Bush negotiated and signed,, as with many of his views, Santorum’s desire to stay in Iraq contrasts starkly with the American people.

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