The Daily Kos has the article Obama slams reporter’s right-wing adopted talking point as bogus. The article provided the following excerpt of a transcript from the video below.
What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision. Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government. In order for us to maintain troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of the Iraqi government and we needed assurances that our personnel would be immune from prosecution if, for example, they were protecting themselves and ended up getting in a firefight with Iraqis, that they wouldn’t be hauled before an Iraqi judicial system.
So let’s just be clear: The reason that we did not have a follow-on force in Iraq was because the Iraqis were—a majority of Iraqis did not want U.S. troops there, and politically they could not pass the kind of laws that would be required to protect our troops in Iraq.
This is the kind of answer the President needs to give more often. He needs to educate the voters on why the premise of the question is all wrong. I have no idea how we get this answer to the Faux Noise viewers. The more we propagate this around the internet, the more chances that people, at least on the fringe of Faux Noise viewers, might stumble across this.
It won’t work to claim that placing the blame on George Bush is putting it in the wrong place. If George Bush did it, he has to own it. Nobody else should be forced to take ownership of what George Bush did.