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Marine Commandant Calls out Obama, Slams Withdrawal From Iraq
By SOF Editor

How much longer does General James F. Amos (pictured to the left) have as Commandant of the Marine Corps? That could be an open question after the latest statements he has made to the press.

According to media reports, Amos blamed the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq during 2011 for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “I have a hard time believing that had we been there, and worked with the government, and worked with parliament, and worked with the minister of defense, the minister of interior, I don't think we'd be in the same shape we're in today,” Amos said during an event at the Brookings Institution.

Amos has, in the past, opposed Obama initiatives, including the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell that was rammed through a lame-duck Congress at the end of 2010. Amos, who is slated to retire this fall, has also drawn fire over allegations of unlawful command influence in several sexual assault cases, as well as a case involving Marines who urinated on dead Taliban.

Amos was the first aviator to hold the position of Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was Vice Commandant for two years prior to being named the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps.