(VIDEO) Obama 2011: ‘We’re Leaving Behind a Sovereign, Stable and Self-Reliant Iraq’
Article by Julie Pace
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of resisting the pull of more Mideast conflicts, President Barack Obama has sent the military back into action in Iraq, where he once accused his predecessor of waging a “dumb war.”
U.S. planes on Friday bombed Islamic militants who were towing artillery outside Irbil near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said.
The aggressive insurgency threatens to undermine Obama’s legacy as the commander in chief who ended a long and unpopular war in which nearly 4,500 American troops died.
It also raises fresh questions about whether Obama’s desire to end the war clouded his assessment of the risks of fully withdrawing U.S. troops, as well as his judgment about the threat posed by the extremists.
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