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Krauthammer scathing on WH spin machine: Marie Harf is ‘sounding like Baghdad Bob’

Frustrated by the Obama administration’s refusal to acknowledge the reality of its strategic failures in Iraq, conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer took to Fox News on Thursday to compare the White House spin machine to one of the most ridiculous propagandists of the 21st century.

Speaking specifically about State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf and the fall of the key Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State fighters, Krauthammer was scathing. The Obama administration is “sounding like Baghdad Bob during the invasion of Iraq.”

“Bagdad Bob” refers to Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraq’s information minister under Saddam Hussein during the 2003 invasion of that country. He was known best for his braggadocio and propaganda during the war.

“They’re losing, everybody understands that,” Krauthammer said.

“ISIS, it wasn’t only that it took over in Iraq, but it took over…the city of Palmyra in Syria, which gives them control of half of Syria, and later in the day today, they took over a crucial crossing point between Syria and Iraq, essentially erasing the frontier and making it easier to resupply Ramadi,” Krauthammer explained.

Krauthammer described these losses as “huge strategic gains” and not mere “tactical defeats.”

“This is nuts. The idea is, if you’re going to have success, you have to have training and you have to have will,” Krauthammer said. “The idea that what the Iraqis are lacking training is ridiculous. We’ve been training them for 15 years.”

He went on to describe the real problem in Iraq.

“If the troops haven’t got their heart in the battle, it will not succeed,”
Krauthammer said. “That’s what happened in Mosul when they ran away and that’s what happened in Ramadi when they ran away.”

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The Obama administration is “sounding like Baghdad Bob during the invasion of Iraq.”

“Bagdad Bob” refers to Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, Iraq’s information minister under Saddam Hussein during the 2003 invasion of that country. He was known best for his braggadocio and propaganda during the war.

“They’re losing, everybody understands that,” Krauthammer said.

“ISIS, it wasn’t only that it took over in Iraq, but it took over…the city of Palmyra in Syria, which gives them control of half of Syria, and later in the day today, they took over a crucial crossing point between Syria and Iraq, essentially erasing the frontier and making it easier to resupply Ramadi,” Krauthammer explained.

Krauthammer described these losses as “huge strategic gains” and not mere “tactical defeats.”

“This is nuts. The idea is, if you’re going to have success, you have to have training and you have to have will,” Krauthammer said. “The idea that what the Iraqis are lacking training is ridiculous. We’ve been training them for 15 years.”

He went on to describe the real problem in Iraq.

“If the troops haven’t got their heart in the battle, it will not succeed,”
Krauthammer said. “That’s what happened in Mosul when they ran away and that’s what happened in Ramadi when they ran away.”

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