Giuliani Says Iraq Troop Withdrawal 'Worst Decision' of 21st Century, Blames Obama For ISIS

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

According to former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Obama made a bad call by withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. In fact, Giuliani went so far as to call it “the worst decision so far of the 21st Century.”

Giuliani made his remarks during an interview with the Fox News’s program “America’s Newsroom.” “ISIS [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] is a complete product of his taking our troops out of there,” Giuliani said. “Nature abhors a vacuum: It’s not a cliché; it’s a reality.”

The former mayor added that Obama’s strategy of removing troops will cause problems in other areas across the globe. "He creates an extra vacuum in the South China Sea by aiming to reduce our Navy," said Giuliani. "He created a vacuum in the Middle East by not supporting the Syrian rebels ... He creates a vacuum in Iraq by pulling our troops out, leaving no one behind."

Recently, Obama authorized 450 military trainers to help Iraqi forces fight ISIS, but he said the U.S.’s strategy for dealing with the terrorist group isn’t ready yet.

“When a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people. We don't yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well,” Obama said earlier this week.

Giuliani slammed Obama for the comment. "The U.S. should be embarrassed by him coming out to say he didn't have a strategy in Iraq," he said. "What's he doing? Iraq has been an issue for his entire presidency. He doesn't have a strategy for Iraq? He's going to get one handed to him today?” 

He added: “You want to know why (Islamic State) exists?” Giuliani asked. “He just told you why. ... Because he doesn’t have a strategy for Iraq.”

Sources: The Hill, Newsmax Image via VictoryNH/Flickr