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Letter: GOP resorting to Iraq War revisionism

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters hold a position on

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters hold a position on the front line in Khazer, near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, west of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on Sept. 7, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Safin Hamed

I'd like to address the mythology and revisionist history of the Iraq War that is in vogue with a growing number of those on the right.

No. 1 is the revisionist fact that the United States had achieved a military victory in Iraq. No. 2 is the myth that this "victory" would have been sustainable in creating a peaceful and stable Iraq, if only President Barack Obama and his "JV team" hadn't pulled the troops out of Iraq.

The facts are Obama was elected by voters who had had enough of the blood and treasure wasted in Iraq and wanted the war ended and our troops brought home. Also, the timeline for American forces to leave Iraq by the end of 2011 was agreed upon in 2008 by President George W. Bush and then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

As to blaming Obama for not leaving a sizable American military presence in Iraq, that's not really fair because most members of the Iraqi parliament wanted U.S. troops to leave. The statement by Jeb Bush isn't true that "we had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops, less than we have in Korea, that could have created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress."

Does anyone seriously believe that 10,000 troops would have prevented the civil war flare-up between Sunni and Shia, or that the Islamic State group wouldn't have risen up anyway? ISIS found a base next door in equally war-ravaged Syria and could have come across the border to attack our troops with endless suicide attacks and roadside bombs.

Bill Fisher, Northport