Barack Obama’s failure to deliver on his pledge to fully withdraw US troops from Iraq is a “misstep” that may hamper President Joe Biden’s “own unique strategy” concerning this Middle Eastern nation, Newsweek reports.
He attributed the decision to an array of changes in American foreign policy priorities, including a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, as well as new political realities in the Middle East and Africa, saying “the tide of war is receding”.
Newsweek cited veteran American diplomat James Jeffrey as saying that with Biden trying to distance himself from “past approaches”, he will have to deal with the international community no longer putting the US at the centre.
He was partly echoed by Daniel Davis, senior fellow at the think tank Defence Priorities, who told Newsweek that the time has come to withdraw US troops from Iraq.
“There are no American security interests at stake in Iraq, period, and there’s no valid military mission. There are no valid, militarily attainable objectives the military is even attempting to perform, ergo, there is no standard by which they would ever leave. So they need to just get out of there, because they’re not helping our country and we endure a premium cost in the process”, Davis, who is a retired US Army colonel, asserted.
He also claimed…