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September 10th, 2014
11:47 PM ET

Sen. John McCain and Jay Carney face-off after President Obama's speech

Anderson asked Sen. McCain about President Obama's strategy to destroy ISIS, and he wasted little time taking aim at Jay Carney. The former White House Press Secretary is now CNN's Senior Political Commentator. Sen. McCain challenged Carney about the administration's decisions on arming Syrian rebels and removing troops in Iraq. He even called out Carney personally saying:

'You, in your role as a spokesperson,  bragged about the fact that the last American combat troop had left Iraq. If we had left a residual force the situation would not be what it is today.'

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  3. flauzellcalhoun1

    McCain is an embarrassment. A rude, lying, blow hard. He is wrong on the facts and wrong on the policy. Carney's only mistake was being too polite to the windbag. Meanwhile, its time people like Cooper stop putting McCain on the tube or at least to start calling them on their errors. .This blame the President game needs to stop and the facts need to be reviewed. This is not a time to play a blame game.

    We started interfering into Middle East politics without knowing of the consequences. When America decided to invade Iraq and bring democracy to the Middle East, that started a chain reaction that will change the world as we know it. President Obama is not responsible for Isis or any other issues that are going on in the Middle East. As the President it is his responsible to deal with the consequences brought on by the Bush Adminstration. To seat back and listen to a mad man like John McCain, Cheney and the GOP, I cannot do that and I won't.

    The Obama administration was initially open to leaving up to 10,000 troops in Iraq after the scheduled pullout at the end of 2011, a controversial pitch that would have required approval from Iraq’s divided government to change the 2008 agreement, The troops were to be placed in Baghdad and other "strategic" locations around the country.

    The agreement failed over a demand that American troops be given immunity from prosecution by Iraqis, a very touchy political issue within the Iraqi Parliament. Some experts said Iraqi leaders may not have been willing to take great political risk with their citizens in exchange for a relatively small American force. But no immunity meant no sizable residual troop presence. "When the Americans asked for immunity, the Iraqi side answered that it was not possible," al-Maliki said in an October 2011 news conference. "The discussions over the number of trainers and the place of training stopped. Now that the issue of immunity was decided and that no immunity to be given, the withdrawal has started."

    Three years later, as the Islamic State advanced in the country and shocked the world, a CNN reporter asked Obama if he regretted the decision not to leave a residual force in Iraq. Obama said, "Keep in mind, that wasn't a decision made by me. That was a decision made by the Iraqi government."

    The political overtones have ratcheted up with international headlines about Islamic State, which also is called ISIS. Conservatives blame Obama for pulling out too soon, for leaving Iraq vulnerable, and liberals argue the pullout deadline was prescribed by Bush.

    Get your facts right!!!

    September 11, 2014 at 10:03 am |
  4. 1zb1

    McCain is an embarrassment. A rude, lying, blowhard. He is wrong on the facts and wrong on the policy. Carney's only mistake was being too polite to the windbag. Meanwhile, its time people like Cooper stop putting McCain on the tube or at least to start calling them on their bs.

    September 11, 2014 at 6:44 am |

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