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MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Worries That If Things Go Sour in Iraq, Obama Will be Blamed

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In case you haven’t been paying attention to international news, Iraq is currently falling apart at the tamron-hall1seams. Thanks in part to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s refusal to share power, Islamist militants are headed toward Baghdad. And although the drawing down of forces began under President Bush, some people are wondering whether President Obama will be blamed if Iraq becomes a failed state.

While hosting her MSNBC show NewsNation, Tamron Hall interviewed several foreign policy experts about the causes of Iraq’s unraveling. Toward the end though, Hall seemed to defend Obama against criticism:

But, realistically Bobby [Ghosh of Time magazine], Iraq cannot forever be the U.S.’ problem. We know what happened. The loss of lives and treasure. We know the great divide that the war created within politics here, but when you see an elder statesman like Senator John McCain yet again saying a country, another country now needs the intervention of the United States and blaming this on the current administration, knowing that this President all along disagreed with the war and was largely the reason he was elected here. This then drives it back into the domestic politics of it’s Obama’s fault.

Sen. McCain has been on every news show that will have him ordering that people within the Obama administration be fired. However, while being interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday, analyst Fareed Zakaria said that the upheavel in Iraqi is a domestic problem and can only be fixed if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki changes course.

Still, was it fair for Hall to offer what sounded an awful lot like an opinion on the topic of Iraq? Or should she have remained neutral?