Minnesota congressional delegation — except Bachmann — laud Obama move on planned Iraq withdrawal

Most of Minnesota’s congressional delegation weighed in on President Obama’s announcement that troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year, with statements supporting the troops and with most applauding the move.

MPR’s Tom Scheck gathered the statements from U.S. Reps. Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Michele Bachmann and John Kline and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Bachmann’s statement was decidedly different in tone from her colleagues. She called the president’s move “a political decision and not a military one; it represents the complete failure of President Obama to secure an agreement with Iraq for our troops to remain there to preserve the peace and demonstrates how far our foreign policy leadership has fallen.”

But the others heralded the move as good news for the nation and our soldiers.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/24/2011 - 11:38 am.

    MB’s philosophy: If Obama did it, there has to be something wrong with it.

    Obama insisted on immunity for U.S. troops, as they have in every other country in which they are stationed. If he’d kept troops there without immunity, Bachmann would be on him like stink on a dog.

    Perhaps she’d have approved if we’d used the military to force Iraq to accept our position.

  2. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 10/24/2011 - 11:49 am.

    Obviously it was just a political decision. What better timing than over a year before the election. It’s not as if there was an existing agreement with the Iraqi government or anything.

  3. Submitted by Bob Shepard on 10/25/2011 - 12:08 pm.

    Hmmm, and here I thought it was W who ordered withdrawal:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-bush-iraq-withdraw-20111024,0,5751179.story

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/26/2011 - 11:11 am.

    Of course, Bachmannn has never actually made any specific proposals; she’s just against everything that everyone else does.

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