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Hillary blames Obama for ISIS; Obama claims leaving Iraq not 'my decision'

With the regime of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki disintegrating before the world's very eyes, the top two Democrats are very publicly pointing fingers as to exactly where the blame lies. As the Cybercast News Service reported on Aug. 9, 2014, and The American Thinker news portal notes on Aug. 10, 2014, the American Commander in Chief, and the former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic presidential front runner for 2016 are quick to point blame at others for the debacle that is Iraq.

Obama and troops.
Obama and troops.
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Despite Obama making a great deal of political hay of his vow of withdrawing American military personnel from Iraq during the 2008 presidential election, the chief Executive is now claiming that his order to remove all U.S. troops from Iraq was not "my decision" according to CNSnews.com's Terrence P. Jeffrey. As cited by the news portal's editor at large, while on the campaign trail, Obama had quite the penchant for stating "You know I say what I mean and I mean what I say" as well as his oft-quoted "I said I'd end the war in Iraq. I ended it."

However, now Obama is hedging his bets by appearing to blame the previous administration of George W. Bush. At last Friday's impromptu press conference on the South Lawn, Obama was queried by a reporter, "Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq?" the reporter asked. "And does it give you pause as the U.S.--is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?" To wit, Obama's reply raised the eyebrows of more than a few conservatives, "What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision."

On the heels of Obama's apparent about face, The American Thinker's Rick Moran notes that Hillary Clinton's implying that the rise of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is the due to Obama beating a hasty retreat is entirely a making of his own doing:

The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled.

During the tour of duty as Obama's Secretary of State, she was the model of a loyal apparatchik of the Administration and the Democratic Party, yet upon the tendering of her resignation, she hasn't held back in barbed swipes aimed directly at her former boss. As quoted in Moran's piece, "Clinton also made fun of Obama's foreign policy philosophy: 'Great nations need organizing principles,' and 'Don’t do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."

As previously covered by Examiner.com, the Obama vs. Clinton feud may be reaching its boiling point. Recently published book "Blood Feud" by Edward Klein, that author flatly accuses each side of saying some rather nasty thing concerning each other.

Taken from the White House tell-all was an example Michelle Obama's intimating to White House heavyweight Valarie Jarrett her exact feelings of Hillary Clinton:

On most evenings, Michelle Obama and her trusted adviser, Valerie Jarrett, met in a quiet corner of the White House residence. They’d usually open a bottle of Chardonnay, catch up on news about Sasha and Malia, and gossip about people who gave them heartburn.

Their favorite bête noire was Hillary Clinton, whom they nicknamed 'Hildebeest,' after the menacing and shaggy-maned gnu that roams the Serengeti.

On the other side of the coin was a re-telling of Bill Clinton's lack of love for Barack Obama:

I hate that man, Obama, more than any man I've ever met, more than any man who ever lived.