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President Obama said you know that there's going to be difficult days ahead I think we saw this has -- as a vulnerable.
From time and that is going to be.
Groups that are protected event that.
The United States and moving away from -- -- almost three years ago.
It was a huge strategic mistake on our part and we have been suffering the consequences of that have a sense and so we looked -- troop pullout.
Just added -- that catastrophe.
The worst violence in months in Iraq today ten explosions ripping through Baghdad killing at least 72 people.
As the violence increases the White House releasing a statement quote we strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against innocent Iraqis.
Which serve no agenda other than murder -- hatred we offer our condolences to those.
Whose loved ones were lost two wounded attempts such as this to.
Iraq -- suffers pain -- heinous attacks like this in the past.
-- security forces have shown they are up to the task of responding in maintaining stability.
Now this comes obviously after US troops.
Have been leaving the country just finish lead in the country crossing the border into Kuwait at the official end of the war ceremony in Iraq.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Packing up the colors there the president.
Jalal Talabani and the prime minister nori Al -- you were invited to that ceremony.
Neither of them showed.
And there were empty chairs.
Where they were supposed to sit at that official ceremony.
And the UC on the chair the bunker they were supposed to go to if that ceremony came under attack.
Just -- and shocked as were back with the panel what about this violence -- This is the reason there are generals on the ground who know the scene -- know of the politicians.
Who know the factions had been urging that we keep a residual American force.
Not that we would be involved in the fighting remember combat operation to stop almost a year and a half ago.
-- casualties we're really quite minimal.
And but nonetheless the presence of Americans.
I was able to assuage -- the the friction between the Kurds in the Arabs in the north and also kept a damper on the end ambitions.
Of the Shiites has expressed by Maliki.
To seize power and to totally crushed facilities.
In essence what we are presence was protecting and keeping the balance of power.
The evacuation of all Americans which ended just a few days ago.
Was and they -- the -- -- event for this.
Assaults on the on the coalition government by Maliki.
And the power are a grant to rest the leading Sunni politician.
Is a big deal.
He's now hiding in the Kurdish areas and what we're getting now also is these out -- like attacks by Sunnis.
In either retaliation there are trying to provoke a civil war this could be catastrophic the only question is.
-- we had expected would happen eventually but it's happening immediately.
And then I think -- surprise Obama probably expected it a decent amount of time would pass until all of this happen it's happening right now.
And Iran's influence Steve.
Believed to be significant and -- the deputy prime minister in Iraq has said publicly that he's worried the country slipping.
Into civil war.
-- I mean it's it's very clear to me at least that the government is on the verge of collapse and you don't have these kinds of unilateral and movements by.
Maliki unless he's meant to consolidate power I think the fact that he did it.
Immediately after you left the White House immediately after he left his meetings with President Obama was.
Meant to go back to rock and convey -- -- by implication anyway.
I'm doing this because the White House thinks it's okay that's not entirely fair to the White House but I think certainly he thought that he can consolidate his power.
At this moment because US troops had left and there wasn't anybody to stand in his way the big question now I think is if the government -- how quickly.
Does Maliki turn to Iran for a.
And what about the impact on this administration may be that obviously was touting this moment.
Numerous times but if this country falls into serious violence and -- seeing signs of it what does it mean.
Well this was I mean Charles is right in my the president might have expected to have a few more days weeks or months but this was the result that was.
-- It's harder to go back and -- and -- to leave.
Obviously that would be unimaginable he's decided that relieving and and so.
This is very disturbing these attacks seem.
-- plans designed to spark chaos I have upon our exact you know immediate.
The statement of the administration released today also could have been written three months ago.
It was designed to address this very issue combat saying that the Iraqi.
Government is and security forces are able to stabilize the country is not a true statement as Steve points out there is increasing sectarian strife and it is no more politically stable.
Com and then it it was eighty years ago in the heat of the war and so this isn't really.
Disturbing and IE you know we all hope that it won't continue but it you know if there's only -- only indication -- that would that it will.
Down the -- quickly US troops ever back in Iraq.
Not as long as president -- --
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