I’m taking the administration at its word that it really tried to negotiate a continued U.S. troop presence in Iraq and failed. It’s hard to say how much of that failure derives from Iraqi intransigence, or diplomatic ineptitude and/or lack of resolve on the part of the administration.
When presented with lemons, every American president does his best to make a little lemonade. Yet in this video (h/t Powerline) issued by the administration in connection with the president’s weekly radio address, Obama sure looks like he’s doing more than that. He’d have you believe that not his getting the amendments he wanted to the Iraq Status of Forces agreement was part of his master plan. And he looks like he really means it: