In 2008, candidate Barack Obama promised that, if elected president, he would pull US troops out of Iraq in six months, which would have been mid-2009. Yet Obama instead did not withdraw the troops until the end of 2011, and ended up sending back a few thousand soldiers in 2014. Reality shapes policy and, in the case of Obama, it turned his ambitious anti-war election talk into less glamorous policy.
President Donald Trump greets former VP Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. (File Photo: Reuters)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, 2014. (File photo: AP)
President Donald Trump jokes with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during their meeting, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP)
First Trump gave a green light to Erdogan to ethnically cleanse Kurds who helped us defeat ISIS. Now he welcomes Erdogan with open arms and sweetheart deals. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that, once again, Trump’s personal interests, not US interests, are driving his policy.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 13, 2019