Woodward: Generals Were on their Knees Begging Obama to Keep Some Troops in Iraq

Woodward: Generals Were on their Knees Begging Obama to Keep Some Troops in Iraq

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” investigative journalist Bob Woodward said he should have been more diligent when reporting on President Barack Obama’s withdraw from Iraq because he said “the experts, the generals were saying — I mean they were almost on their knees, ‘Keep some troops here,’ and we left zero.”

Host Candy Crowley  asked if President Barack Obama was responsible for not getting us out of Iraq properly and Woodward replied, “We should have been aggressive when the President said, oh, we’re getting out. There were people in the military strongly advocating let’s keep 10,000 troops there as an insurance policy. And we know we all live on insurance policies, and this is a case where they didn’t do it.”

Obama claimed the total withdraw was because Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to sign a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Both Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) dispute that saying they both personally witnessed Maliki agree to a substantial U.S. forces being left in Iraq.

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