Bill Kristol Goes Completely Off The Rails: “When George W. Bush left office, Iraq was safe and peaceful” (Video)

bill-kristol-crazyBill 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:





Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    The author states: “ISIS wouldn’t exist without George W. Bush and the Iraq War”. I don’t understand how you arrange the evidence to reach that conclusion and still include the fact that Al Qaeda DID find a way to exist next door prior to Bush and the Iraq war.

    I think the more pertinent observation is that ISIS did NOT exist until Obama abandoned Iraq, against the advise of his best advisors, and left it open to exploitation.

    • bud

      We left on Bush’s schedule and Iraq didn’t want us to leave anyone.
      Look it up.

      • Jim Bean

        Iraq never invited us to come in the first place. We found a way. Look that up.

  • I-RIGHT-I

    What he meant to say is when we left the country belonged to the Iraqis.
    Obama changed all that. He changed that in several countries as a matter of fact. Blood everywhere now. Good job Brok.

  • Keith

    delusional people leading the nation, how long can we really expect to last?