I don't believe this is actually true in the slightest. His job approval ratings have been consistent for almost two years, falling in the 40-45% approval range. He is rated as 'more trusted' on almost every issue than the GOP is. He also consistently polls very high in personal approval numbers (not connected to his job performance; 'likeability.') Do you have some evidence to support your contention here, and to counter polling evidence that shows him still holding on to a great deal of support?
You are right, that was an overstatement on my part. His approval ratings are not as low as my statement implied.
Yes, that's exactly correct. People have wanted troops out of Iraq for a long time and one way or another he's the guy who is doing it.
I don't see how he's doing it though, he left them there as long as possible, missing his own deadlines. I don't think he actually took any action that hastened this in any significant way.
The only part that's INCORRECT is that Iraq is 'kicking us out.' They aren't doing that, they don't have the capability to do that. All they are doing is specifically not allowing our soldiers to continue to have immunity from prosecution.
If you are talking about their military capability they certainly lack that, but at this point the presence of US troops on their soil is subject to their approval and from a legal
perspective they certainly do have the capability to. It would be illegal under international law for America to stay if the Iraqis do not wish it.
So when you talk about it being merely a matter of them failing to give us immunity from prosecution it ignores that this is just a breakdown in a negotiation to modify the existing agreement, wherein Iraq stipulated that America must leave. We are leaving at the last minute possible because they are not willing to extend the legal basis of our presence any further on the terms we require.
You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S.–Iraq_Status_of_Forces_Agreement
The US is legally obligated to leave Iraq this year unless Iraq grants an extension, Iraq is not willing to do so if American soldiers continue to have immunity and something America is not willing to do without.
So yes, this withdrawal is being done on Iraqi terms, and under Obama the USA has stayed to the last minute legally possible to do so. I thusly don't credit him for withdrawing. I have not seen him do anything to hasten it and see this process as being largely inevitable regardless of administration.
Iraq went the way it would have gone under any administration during the period he was in charge.
I completely and totally disagree. A GOP president would have found some way to keep them there. In fact, every GOP candidate has said exactly this, so I don't know why you think any differently.
Because I happen to understand the legal basis for the current American presence there and understand that it's up to the Iraqis and not the Americans. The majority of Iraq wants us out, the GOP can't change that. Sadr's army is willing to start insurgency again if America stays any longer. There is simply not the requisite political capital in Iraq
for a continued American presence on palatable terms to America and despite America having the military power to ignore it that is a level of perfidy that is simply not on the table. We just aren't going to stay in Iraq against their wishes, that is just not realistic at all right now, and we are leaving on their timetable.