When Barack Obama ran for office in 2007 and 2008, he promised to get troops out of Iraq in sixteen months.  Instead, he stuck with George W. Bush’s timeline, and forty-two months into his term, Obama is taking credit for a plan that, er, Bush built in declaring the Iraq War over:

In a web video released Monday, the Obama campaign celebrated the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. “As your commander in chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I’m proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree – welcome home. Welcome home,” Obama says in a clip from a speech he gave at Fort Bragg in December. The president repeats that phrase again for dramatic effect, “Welcome home.”

As Jake Tapper reports, the timing was … pretty bad:

President Obama’s campaign today released a video praising the president for ending the war in Iraq. It turns out that today has proven to be the deadliest day of the year in that country.

A wave of attacks throughout Iraq – IEDs, explosions, and gunmen — has resulted in more than 100 people killed and more than 200 wounded.

Yesterday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Qaeda’s top leader in Iraq, released an audio message announcing, ”We are setting off a new stage of our struggle, with the launch of a plan named ‘breaking the walls.’”

Declaring victory usually means that your enemies aren’t the last ones in the field.


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