Since the beginning of the Obama administration, well before the creation of ISIS, concertize efforts have been made to distance America from Iraq. Never has this separation been more apparent and literal than at this latest G-7 summit, where President Obama turned his back on Iraq Prime Minister Haider al Abadi.
“Obama appeared engrossed in another conversation with International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and Italian Prime Minister Mario Renzi and didn’t acknowledge al-Abadi,” said White House correspondent Major Garrett.
Nouri al-Maliki, the former P.M. of Iraq, had a similar experience with President Obama, though the back turning was more figurative. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said, “We are talking with the Americans and we are telling them we need to benefit from their experience, from intelligence information and from training from those who are targeting al-Qaeda in a developed, technical, scientific way.” The plea for help fell on the deaf ears of President Obama, whose refusal to assist allowed for the rapid growth of ISIS.
With 3,000 American currently stationed in Iraq, not including hundreds of American pilots fighting for the Iraqi government, President Obama’s gesture of apathy towards Prime Minister al Abadi came as a surprise to many attending the summit. Little is known regarding what exactly could make President Obama interested in Iraq.