Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's former deputy, has accused the US president of "leaving Iraq to the wolves" as a resulkt of the decision to withdraw combat troops during a period of increasing violence.
Aziz told The Guardian that the United States should stay in Iraq, in order to correct the mistakes it had made since the 2003 invasion.
"We are all victims of America and Britain.
They killed our country in many ways. When you make a mistake you need to correct a mistake, not leave Iraq to its death."
He went on to say:
"For 30 years Saddam built Iraq and now it is destroyed. There are more sick than before, more hungry.
The people don't have services. People are being killed every day in the tens, if not hundreds.
I was encouraged when [US President Barack Obama] was elected president, because I thought he was going to correct some of the mistakes of Bush. But Obama is a hypocrite. He is leaving Iraq to the wolves."
Aziz was jailed for 15 years in 2009 for murder, and given a seven-year term in August 2009 for his role in expelling Kurds from Iraq's north.