Are the dogs growing weary of Obama’s lap? The Daily Caller has a partial transcript from Sunday’s Meet the Press where — at least foreign-policy-wise — Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell turn on their chosen one:
As American bombs again fall on that country, President Obama responded to criticism that we should have left troops inside Iraq after 2011 by claiming the Iraqi government pushed the U.S. out.
âBut, this president ideologically did not want to use more influence to ââ host David Gregory began.
âLook, this was not an administration that was eager to tell [Iraqi Prime Minister] Maliki, âOh, you donât want a status-of-forces agreement?ââ Todd agreed, explaining how the White House failed to pursue any agreement that would have left a stabilizing force.
âIâve been trying to figure out this manâs doctrine now for six years,â Todd continued. âHe doesnât have one . . . He pushes and pulls between the idea of democracy first and stability first . . . Now heâs trying for stability first, and I think in this case heâs struggling.â
Mitchell slammed President Obama for his other excuse â that the sudden collapse of American allies, the Kurds, against Islamic State fighters was an unforeseen surprise.
âAnd to say that he didnât have intelligence â this is not a hard target, this is [Kurdish capital] Erbil,â she laughed. âWe have people there.â
âThe fact is, there was intelligence,â she declared. âAnd to say that they were shocked by the [Kurdish] Peshmerga [fighters], on Saturday night, being routed is a farce!â