Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Sunday joined the chorus of GOP contenders lambasting President Obama for his decision to withdraw nearly all troops from Iraq by the end of the year. ...
Bachmann, in an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," said it would be unwise to withdraw troops from the country while its political status remained tenuous, and argued that "if you look at every time we have deposed a dictator, the United States has always left troops behind to be able to enforce the fragile peace."
Host Bob Schieffer asked Bachmann, "Do you think, congresswoman, that the American people, with the budget situation the way it is, really want to keep a large contingent of American troops in iraq indefinitely?"
"Of course not. No one wants to do that," she replied, but said there should be a temporary transition. ...we are there as the nation that liberated these people. That's the thanks that the United States is getting after 4,400 lives were expended and over $800 billion? So on the way out, we're being kicked out of the country? I think this is absolutely outrageous what's happened.
"I think President Obama clearly is not respected. The United States is not respected. And the president has been a failure when it comes to foreign policy."
"You say 'failure,'" Schieffer said, "but just last week Muammar Qaddafi was killed. Awlaki, the al Qaeda leader is dead. Osama bin laden is dead. Doesn't the president have a few things he can point to his accomplishments in foreign policy here?"
"Of course. I would agree that the world is better off because all three of those actors are no longer with us, I absolutely agree with that. But I oppose the president putting us into war in Libya."
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