It went widely unreported that prior to the commission of mass murder by Omar Mateen at an Orlando dance club, Barack Obama picked up Mateen at his home, gave him a few hundred rounds of ammo, and drove him to the club. If it hadn’t been for a tax-and-spend briefing back at the White House that evening, Obama would have carried in Mateen’s AR-15 assault rifle for him.
Thanks to an increasingly addled John McCain, we now know that in regards to the massacre, “Barack Obama is directly responsible for it.”
However, in the interest of national security McCain kept the sordid details under wraps, instead blaming Obama “because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures — utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq, thinking that conflicts end just because you leave. So the responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies.”
Not a bad cover story, except that McCain forgot that a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) calling for the withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq was signed by Obama’s predecessor in 2008. Article 24 of the agreement states “All United States combat forces shall withdraw from Iraqi cities, villages, and localities no later than the time at which Iraqi Security Forces assume full responsibility for security in an Iraqi province, provided that such withdrawal is completed no later than June 30, 2009.” It also states that “All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011.”
McCain’s foggy brain also seems to have leeched the memory that by 2008 – five years after the “cakewalk” Iraq War was kicked off – the citizens of the United States by and large were beyond weary of military conflicts paid for and led almost exclusively by Americans in the Middle East. Most people just wanted the U.S. to get the hell out of Iraq, knowing that, like Vietnam, the country would fail whether we left in 2009 or 2099.
The SOFA of 2008 also acknowledges that “the United States recognizes the sovereign right of the Government of Iraq to request the departure of the United States Forces from Iraq at any time” which they did in 2010.
The idea was that following extensive training by the Americans, the Iraqi forces would be able to manage on their own. Article 27 of the SOFA anticipates that the Iraqis would likely face military opposition from terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda: “The Parties agree to continue close cooperation in strengthening and maintaining military and security institutions and democratic political institutions in Iraq, including, as may be mutually agreed, cooperation in training, equipping, and arming the Iraqi Security Forces, in order to combat domestic and international terrorism and outlaw groups, upon request by the Government of Iraq.”
Well, as soon as the Iraqi military faced ISIS they dropped their guns and ran – leaving perfectly good U.S.-supplied heavy weaponry like tanks and rocket launchers for the terrorists to confiscate and use against them. But let’s not forget – Obama was directly responsible for the massacre in Orlando.
Which raises an interesting point: it was not until the night of the massacre that the perpetrator made a claim of aligning with ISIS. He did not travel to the Middle East for ISIS training, attend radical Mosques, or write rants against infidels. It is very possible that Mateen’s primary motive was to kill gays, whom he associated with the “filthy ways of the west.” And now the press is reporting that Mateen’s wife has claimed the man so enraged against gays was himself gay; could this massacre be more about self-loathing than ISIS?
If so, McCain will have to modify his claim that Obama is “directly responsible” because he failed to prevent the Stonewall Riots in 1969.
Sadly, John McCain has lost his mind. The man is so desperate to win re-election this fall in a tight race that he’ll say and do anything. Donald Trump specifically belittled McCain’s suffering as a POW at the hands of the North Vietnamese who held him captive for years following the downing of his plane. McCain at the time registered modest offense, but now he endorses the draft-dodging Trump.
I say McCain finally goes down in November. And then he can retire to one of his many homes in Arizona and watch cartoons all day.