Thursday 23 March 2017

Obama's hope for Iraq cannot hide bloody US legacy

Steven R Hurst in Washington

President Barack Obama has hailed the coming end of the American combat mission in Iraq -- but the gamble is huge, a wager that the country will not fall back into murderous anarchy.

As he spoke this week of the need to be "humbled by the profound sacrifice" of American men and women who fought the war, Mr Obama left out or glossed over some politically uncomfortable facts.

That may reflect his sinking poll numbers, driven by stubborn 9.5pc unemployment, an anaemic economic recovery and broad anti-incumbent sentiment with just three months remaining until congressional elections.

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