According to a transcript at Real Clear Politics, Acosta asked Obama if he regretted his 2011 decision and now wished he had left residual forces in Iraq.
"Keep in mind, that wasn't a decision made by me," Obama said. "That was a decision made by the Iraqi government. We offered a modest residual force to help continue to train and advise Iraqi security forces. We had a core requirement which we require in any situation where we have U.S. troops overseas, and that is that they are provided immunity, since they are being invited by the sovereign government there so that if, for example, they end up acting in self-defense, if they are attacked and find themselves in a tough situation, that they're not somehow called before a foreign court."
"That's a core requirement that we have for U.S. troop presence anywhere. The Iraqi government and Prime Minister Maliki declined to provide us that immunity," he added. Obama also told Acosta the administration has pushed Maliki to provide political compromises it believes are necessary to keep Iraq functioning as a multi-sectarian democracy.
“I don’t think, fundamentally, he cares about it,” Bolton told O'Connor. “The President does not give enough priority to national security issues. And it’s one of the reasons he’s one of the most radical presidents in our history.”
Moreover, CNS News posted a video showing Obama repeatedly bragging about ending the war in Iraq.
As a result, ISIS has taken over a large swath of the country and is now threatening Baghdad. The militant group has also enforced a brutal form of sharia law in the areas it now controls, often posting videos of its atrocities. The Iraqi government has responded with a bizarre ad depicting ISIS fighters as snake-charming ghouls, but it remains to be seen if the ad will have any impact.