Independent Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin sharply criticizes Republican presidential candidates for attacking President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq by December 31st. Martin calls Obama’s “policy” the implementation of an agreement originally prepared by President George W. Bush. Why would Republicans criticize Obama for following Bush’s policy? Martin is the only 2012 presidential candidate with any experience and expertise in foreign policy. The rest of the Republican presidential pack is a bunch of foreign policy incompetents.
ANDY MARTIN /2012
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Andy Martin says the Republican presidential candidates’ criticism of President Obama’s December 31st withdrawal from Iraq is disgraceful
Martin points out we are only leaving Iraq physically; we are still there, over the horizon
Martin says a “foreign policy” conducted by any of his primary opponents would destroy what remains of US power
(CHICAGO) (October 28, 2011) Now that the candidates have filed for New Hampshire’s First primary I hate to write a column saying kind words about President Barack Obama. But the truth must be told. Voters need to know they have a choice between an adult candidate (me) and the romper room liberal-media designated Republican presidential imposters. Just ask yourself; who picks the “Republican candidates” you see on TV? Liberal pollsters working with the liberal media. Why would you trust the liberal media to tell you the truth? But you do.
Let me give you a very serious example of my opponents’ total incompetence.
Last week Obama announced we were leaving Iraq by December 31st.
There were howls of protest from my Republican presidential opponents. These candidates are foreign policy morons (take a look at the first link below; there is an endless stream of similar stories available).
Mitt Romney was quoted by the Manchester Union leader as follows (see link below): “He criticized the President for removing all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year, saying that puts at risk many of the hard-fought victories won by the U.S. military.”
In the New York Times Romney questoned whether the withdrawal is the result of “sheer ineptitude.” (link below) Actually, no. Obama has just been enforcing an agreement signed between Iraq and the United States by President George W. Bush.
The presidential candidate foreign policy morons seem to suggest we just could have “stayed” in Iraq past Decmeber 31st. How so? Was a small force of 50,000 soldiers going to “occupy” Iraq? Were we going to re-invade? Bomb the country again? How would we stay beyond December 31st if the Iraqis didn’t want us to stay? Bribe the Iraqis with more American dollars borrowed from China? Romney and Company have no suggestions.
Let me give you some background on my foreign policy credentials, and also explain why my opponents cannot be trusted to sit in the Oval Office and conduct foreign policy.
Although I never served on active duty in the military I have been present in all of our significant military conflicts since the 1960’s: Iran (hostage crisis), Viet-Nam, Cambodia, Libya, Iraq and so forth. You learn something actually seeing the world run off the rails into war.
I grew up studying foreign policy and politics. One of our closest family friends was a refugee from Nazi Germany. Dr. Sigmund Neumann fled Germany when the Nazis threatened to kill him. He tutored me in the Holocaust at a time when other kids were playing baseball (Dr. Neumann had no family of his own). Although he has been dead for many years, Dr. Neumann’s books are still in print as classic works on political parties and government. Neumann taught me first of all to be skeptical of politicians and their promises.
In 1999 I warned Republicans that George W. Bush was obsessed with starting a war with Iraq. Republicans attacked me then for predicting what turned out to be the truth.
I will repeat what I have always said. George W. Bush was one of the most decent men to ever serve in the White House. He is a decent human being. But Bush admitted he knew nothing about foreign affairs and his foreign policies were a long-term disaster. Bush was betrayed by the “neocons” around him (now there’s a new vocabulary word for Herman Cain).
In 2002 and 2003 I marched against Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq and predicted it would end up empowering Iran. I lived in Baghdad (in my own apartment, NOT the Green Zone) after the invasion, and became unpopular for exposing the incompetence of our mission there. L. Paul Bremer, III never forgave me for being the first analyst to write about his total incompetence as an American viceroy in Iraq.
In preparing these remarks I found one of my own columns on the Internet. In 2004 I predicted the insurgency in Iraq (calling it the “Third Iraq war”)(link below) at a time when no one in the Green Zone had any idea what was happening beyond the security perimeter. The remarks are still posted on, of all places, a socialist web site. Later I predicted the “surge” would defeat the insurgency. Bottom line: I have almost a 100% accurate track record of predicting our successes and our failings in Iraq. I have a paper trail you can actually go back and read.
Do Romney, Bachmann, Huntsman and our Johnny-Come-Lately foreign policy expert Herman Cain all know better than I do? Don’t bet your life. These guys are foreign policy jokers. But they are the ones that are quoted by the liberal media.
None of the other candidates will tell you how they planned to “stay” in Iraq after we signed an agreement to leave. So how do they propose that we “stay?” They are silent. They just wanted to take a cheap shot at Obama to pump up the “base.” How childish.
Barack Obama was and is enforcing George Bush’s foreign policy. How can the other candidates attack Obama for implementing Bush’s policy? I guess it just proves my point. They don’t know what they are saying, or maybe they have such contempt for the intelligence of the Republican “base” they will say anything for votes.
Should we have stayed in Iraq if the Iraqis wanted us? Yes, 100%. Our continued presence in Iraq would have benefited Iraqis. But they had to want us to stay.
I’ll go one step further with a 2012 prediction: Obama is not yet out of the woods in Iraq. If, as seems very possible, a new civil war erupts, his withdrawal will look bad even though it was mandated by our agreement to depart on December 31st.
You will note that I correctly analyzed the evil impact of Moqtada al-Sadr in 2004 (see the link below from the “socialists”). Al-Sadr is back in power in Iraq in 2011. His “party” was voted in. The future does not bode well for Iraq.
The Iraqi government is beholden to al-Sadr. In order for a deal to “stay” to have worked, and for our agreement to withdraw to be amended, the Iraqis had to want us to stay more than we wanted to leave. They didn’t. Obama played the only “hand” he had. (Trivia: Obama was a pretty good poker player in Springfield, Illinois as a state senator.)
The American people are sick and tired of Republican foreign policies that jeopardize our economy and kill our military for no discernable benefit. (Here you can see why I occasionally have good things to say about Ron Paul; Ron and I are close to agreeing on this one.) President Bush accomplished exactly what I predicted he would: by attacking Iraq he made Iran more powerful and more dangerous. Will anyone who thinks this is a good result please stand up? Mr. Romney?
Here we are a decade later and Republican presidential candidates are still proposing and promising the same nonsense, proposing to endanger our national security, and promising to adopt economic policies that would destroy what remains of our influence and power in the world.
Finally, we are not “leaving” Iraq in a practical sense. We are leaving physically. But American forces will still be “over the horizon.” If the Iraqis get in a jam, it wouldn’t surprise me if they cry “Uncle” (Sam). But it was and is important for us to keep our word and implement the Bush agreement. Too often foreign nations think we need them more than they need us. Wrong. We don’t need them (here I am a Ron Paulite again).
Hasta la vista, Iraq. Thank you President Obama for completing President Bush’s withdrawal agreement.
Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi has it exactly right. As long as the 2012 election is about President Obama’s failed economic policies, Republicans win. As soon as Obama makes the 2012 campaign a debate over Republican foreign policies, we lose.
If you are a Republican reading this, you probably have not thought of voting for me or supporting my campaign. Maybe you should think again. I have a proven track record of avoiding foreign policy disasters; I am the only Republican presidential candidate with the experience to keep us out of wars and to rebuild our military might to the same level where it stood when President Ronald Reagan left the White House.
If you don’t vote for me you will get what you deserve: a Republican Party led by foreign policy idiots who could well fumble away the White House in 2012. It’s your call.
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ABOUT ANDY: Andy Martin’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago. His mom was born in Manchester. Growing up, Andy spent summers in New Hampshire. That’s why he’s New Hampshire’s “Favorite Son” presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential primary election.
Today Andy is a legendary New York and Chicago-based muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. Chicago Public Radio calls Andy a “boisterous Internet activist.” The Chicago Tribune calls him “Chicago’s own…political activist.” He has over forty years of background in radio and television. He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and he produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com. He comments on regional, national and international events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience both in the USA and around the world.
Andy has been a leading corruption fighter in Illinois and American politics and courts for over forty years. [www.AndyMartin.com] He is currently sponsoring http://www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com. See also http://www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; http://www.EnglishforAmerica.org
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
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