Fall of Ramadi points more attention towards US troop pullout
As the major Iraqi city of Ramadi sits under the control of the Islamic State, politicians and journalists are starting to ask the same question they were asking this time last year: did the US pull out troops prematurely?
Senator John McCain calls the fall of Ramadi a “failure of policy” by the the Obama administration. Strategically, the city is important. It is just over an hour drive to the capital city of Baghdad. Despite the clear importance, White House spokesman Eric Schultz called it a “setback.”
Here’s what they’re saying over at Fox News:
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Fox News the Ramadi takeover and the overall U.S. foreign policy toward eliminating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was “one of the most disgraceful episodes in American history.”