Susan Stamper Brown

And yes, we could have stayed in Iraq. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recently told NPR top Iraqi officials say we left Iraq because "Obama did not want to stay in Iraq." More damning is a New York Times (NYT) October 21, 2011 article claiming unnamed American officials privately told NYT the administration made "a severe tactical mistake" that botched the status of forces agreement process, "ending any possibility of keeping American troops in Iraq." It also claims "two White House officials" opinions "prevailed over those of the military," and decisions were made based on intelligence assessments "that Iraq was not at great risk of slipping into chaos in the absence of American forces."

And two short years later, chaos reigns in Iraq and much of the Middle East. Last year in Iraq alone, upwards of 8800 died. Last week, militants took control of the government buildings in Fallujah and Ramadi that American blood and treasure helped to liberate years back and just a few days ago, 65 people were killed and 80 were wounded.

As al Qaeda's black flag rises across Iraq and the Middle East, we come to understand what happens when an American president abdicates his leadership role in world affairs. Evil gains a foothold and the world becomes a much more dangerous place.

From prematurely pulling out troops in Iraq to explosive events in Benghazi, this administration views everything through a political lens. But more than politics is required from an American president. Telling the truth would be a good start. And yes, Hillary, the truth about Benghazi really does matter. With that in mind, you may want to get another flu shot.

Susan Stamper Brown

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