McCain, who has alway been a huge fan of military intervention and a constant detractor of the President, said Obama was at fault because he pulled troops from Iraq too soon and failed to respond to the rise of the Islamic State…
“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al Qaeda went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures,”
When pressed by a reporter on the claim that Obama was “directly” responsible, McCain once again trotted out the GOP tired line of bullshit that Obama should not have withdrawn combat troops from Iraq...
“He pulled everybody out of Iraq, and I predicted at the time that ISIS would go unchecked, and there would be attacks on the United States of America. It’s a matter of record, so he is directly responsible.”
This debunked talking point about "pulling troops out too soon" has been the standard talking point whenever a Republican needs to garner some brownie points amongst his right wing constituents. The fact that Sen. McCain is in the fight of his life for re-election this November tells you all you need to know as far as why he trotted this attack out.
McCain who notoriously has a hate on for the Obama after losing the 2008 Presidential election to him has regularly blamed Obama for any and all of the problems in the Middle East while ignoring President Bush’s rush to war in Iraq. In addition McCain always seems to conveniently forget that it was Bush and his "Status Of Forces Agreement" who set the timetable for withdrawal from Iraq in 2009 and not President Obama.
As a matter of fact Obama actually stayed in Iraq 10 months longer than Bush's timetable had originally called for.
After taking all this into account what makes McCain's statements even more galling is that in 2010 he actually referred to Obama's withdrawal of troops from Iraq as a “victory” as shown in this tweet...
* UPDATE: Apparently realizing he had just stepped in a huge pile of shit and then stuck his foot in his mouth McCain quickly tried to soften his statement by taking to Twitter to "explain" that he was blaming Obama’s policies, not the president himself.
Time to hang it up "maverick".