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Ari Fleischer Can't Remember Whether He Likes Iraq Withdrawal Or Not

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer answers questions from the media prior to speaking to the Republican Jewish
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer answers questions from the media prior to speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Steve Pope)

On October 21, 2011, The New York Times reported on President Barack Obama's announcement that "the last American soldier would leave Iraq by the end of this year." Not everyone agreed with the decision, but it had its supporters. Like, say, this guy:

It was time! And at that time, people fully understood the risks of entrusting the future of Iraq to Nouri al-Maliki's government. (Or at least they should have.) The point is, even some of the hawks were ready to ghost out of Mesopotamia. But let's flash-forward to today, for funsies:

This just goes to show that it will probably never be time to acknowledge that what's playing out in Iraq right now is only the natural consequence of invading and occupying the country in the first place. At this point, you might as well cue up Ted Leo's "The Ballad Of The Sin Eater" and dance like nobody's watching.

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