Bill Kristol might not have quite the same name recognition as the likes of Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, but he might be even more despicable than every single one of those people. He’s easily one of the most pro-war/pro-George W. Bush people I’ve ever seen given a national platform. He takes the term “partisan” to a whole other level.
But even though I’ve seen him make plenty of absurd comments, I’m not sure if any come close to what he said on ABC News’ This Week when he claimed that Iraq was “safe and peaceful” when George W. Bush left office.
During a back and forth with congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) about the Iraq War and the 2016 presidential elections, Kristol essentially tried to put all of the chaos that we’re currently seeing in the Middle East on the shoulders of President Obama.
“When George W. Bush left office, Iraq was safe and peaceful,” Kristol said before being cut off by Ellison who essentially called b.s. on that claim.
So, according to Mr. Kristol Iraq was “safe and peaceful” when Bush left office, which is a clear insinuation that the policies of the Obama administration are what’s led to the current chaos we’re witnessing.
Anyone who even has the slightest bit of common sense knows that when we destabilized Iraq, that was the catalyst for much of the region spiraling into conflict and war. It was inevitable that the moment we left Iraq it was going to turn into a giant mess. But it’s the wars in Syria, and to a lesser extent Libya, that have been the real foundation for the rise of ISIS. Wars that, in my opinion, never happen if we don’t invade Iraq in 2003.
But moving beyond the subjective nature of all of that, let’s just look at the American troop casualty count from 2007 and 2008 to see just how “safe and peaceful” Iraq was in Bush’s final years:
- 2007: 904
- 2008: 314
By the way, 2007 (4 years into the war) was the bloodiest year of the Iraq War. So in Bush’s last two years, 1,218 Americans died – that’s an average of 1.6 deaths per day. And that says nothing about the civilian casualties which totaled 25,968 in 2007 and 10,240 in 2008 for an average of 49.6 per day.
Yeah, Iraq was really a beacon of safety and peace when George W. Bush left, wasn’t it? I guess Kristol feels that 1.6 American troops dying per day for the last two years of Bush’s presidency is acceptable. It’s no wonder Republicans have such a warped sense of reality. If Iraq circa 2008 is what this fool considers “safe and peaceful,” that’s setting the bar pretty damn low.
Republicans can try to spin it however they like, but the fact remains that ISIS wouldn’t exist without George W. Bush and the Iraq War. When he started that war without any plan on what to do once Saddam was removed from power, he created the perfect opportunity for that nation to eventually fall into the hands of a group with leadership that was even more sadistic than Saddam Hussein was.
Which is exactly what will happen if we don’t go back there and continue to fight what seems to be shaping up as an endless war with no way out for the foreseeable future.
Watch his comments below via ABC News: