In 2011, President Obama had this to say:
After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011. So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.
And in 2012 his own Twitter post was pretty braggadocios about his involvement:
FACT: In 2008, Barack Obama said he would end the war in Iraq, and he kept his promise. http://t.co/V5wyw6uV
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 9, 2012
But now he is perplexed about how this all transpired:
What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision.
This video shows how he hasn't been entirely clear over the years about whether he has had anything at all to do with ending American involvement in Iraq:
As Jonah Goldberg notes:
It’s only now that the downside critics warned about for years is materializing that he suddenly feels the need to explain the invisible asterisk he put on all of his statements. It reminds me of the years he spent going around telling everyone they can keep their health plan if they want.
None of this was too difficult to decipher. This thought about leaving from 2011. One wonders if he will disavow the Afghanistan drawdowns too.