After President Obama’s lackluster speech his former lackey and mouthpiece, Jay Carney, took to CNN to defend his former boss. It didn’t go so well.
First he got his hat handed to him when Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ripped him and the Obama administration up one side and down the other.
MCCAIN: No, no – Facts are stubborn things, Mr. Carney and that is, the entire national security team, including the Secretary of State, said we want to arm and train and equip these people and he made the unilateral decision to turn them down and the fact that they didn’t lead a residual force in Iraq, overruling all of his military advisers, is the reason why we’re facing ISIS today. So the facts are stubborn things in history and people ought to know them and now the President is saying, basically, that we are going to take certain actions, which I would favor, but to say that America is safer, and that the situation is very much like Yemen and Somalia shows me that the President really doesn’t have a grasp for how serious the threat of ISIS is.
As if that beat-down wasn’t bad enough then Carney got smacked around (still on CNN) by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA).
ANDERSON COOPER: You’re saying point-blank Obama wanted to keep a residual force there.
JAY CARNEY: Yes, well I spoke about it from the podium. And he was absolutely open to that, and that was our policy, but it required the appropriate status of forces agreement to allow for the protection of our troops that we have to have. Otherwise, it would have been the height of irresponsibility to maintain troops in that situation. Look, Maliki at the time wanted American troops gone, notwithstanding what Senator McCain said, and a lot of Iraq politicians (also) did. I think that’s also —
NEWT GINGRICH: Jay, let me break in and say two things. First just as a logical point, you just now said the president by your own terms, apparently really wanted to have American troops there (in Iraq) in perpetuity, although a few minutes ago you pointed out we didn’t want troops there in perpetuity. You can’t have it both ways.
Second, this speech, really struck me as we are sitting here talking. You know, reality is a harsh teacher. This speech is closer to a George W. Bush speech than it is to anything Barack Obama would have said between 2007 and this week. I mean, go through the speech, tell me what do you think Dick Cheney would not be willing to say that is in the speech.
It is a remarkable moment of a president who didn’t want to be doing this, being trapped in a world — I like the speech, I think it is a very powerful speech, but it sure is not the Obama policy prior to tonight.
By the way Carney is flat-out lying in his defense of Obama here. The President wanted a complete withdrawal of troops from the beginning and Iraq’s Prime Minister was asking us to leave a residual force behind.
Wasn’t it fun watching Carney get smacked around for a little while? Don’t worry we’ll get more opportunities to see this because CNN just signed Carney to be a special commentator.