On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post addressing Donald Trump’s disastrous withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria. Unbelievably, however, McConnell never mentions Donald Trump. Instead, the Kentucky Republican points his finger at former President Barack Obama as the culprit for Trump’s decision.
In his piece, McConnell personally criticizes Obama three times, seemingly refusing to say Trump over his own mess.
McConnell attacks Obama from the start of his op-ed, writing in the first paragraph:
“Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria is a grave strategic mistake. It will leave the American people and homeland less safe, embolden our enemies, and weaken important alliances. Sadly, the recently announced pullout risks repeating the Obama administration’s reckless withdrawal from Iraq, which facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in the first place.”
Next, McConnell calls out Obama’s leadership style, saying Obama led from behind, but he doesn’t criticize Trump for sidling up to dictators and sending embarrassing letters to world leaders that sound like a third-grader wrote them.
Lastly, McConnell uses Obama’s name to blame Obama for the rise of ISIS. McConnell says ISIS is poised to rise again thanks to Trump’s decision, but again, he never used Trump’s name.
“We saw the Islamic State flourish in Iraq after President Barack Obama’s retreat. We will see these things anew in Syria and Afghanistan if we abandon our partners and retreat from these conflicts before they are won.”
Meanwhile, one terrorism expert said this week that Trump’s retreat “created a perfect situation for ISIS.” Current and former intelligence officials have warned that the withdrawal could increase the ISIS threat to Americans.
In reading the piece, you’d almost think Obama was still occupying the White House and not Trump.