It’s no secret that Republicans love propaganda. Over the last few years I’ve been absolutely astonished at the nonsense many conservatives actually believe. I can’t count how many times I’ve encountered Republicans who actually try to tell me that President Obama’s the one who caused the economic crash – even though it began before he ever took office.
Though with the economy harder to bash nowadays, Republicans have turned their sights on blaming this president for another issue caused by his predecessor: The current chaos in the Middle East.
It’s astounding to me that these folks have the gall to sit there and say that what’s currently going on in the Middle East is the fault of President Obama – when this is all linked to the Iraq War.
But what’s even more amazing is just how misinformed most conservatives seem to be about all of this. Then again, these are people who mostly just parrot what they’re told by the conservative media, so it’s not particularly shocking that they really don’t know factual information about what’s going on in the Middle East.
So, I thought I’d take a few moments to debunk five of the most common lies I hear Republicans say in their desperate attempts to blame the chaos on President Obama.
1. President Obama is the reason why American troops left Iraq: This is easily the biggest one I come across. The truth remains that the timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq was setup by George W. Bush in 2008 when he signed a SOFA agreement with the Iraqi government. President Obama simply enforced that agreement.
Oh, by the way, Dick Cheney called the SOFA agreement signed by his boss a “sign of success” in Iraq.
2. We’re not doing anything to combat ISIS: President Obama has literally ordered thousands of airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. Aside from sending in ground troops, which even most Republicans haven’t openly supported doing, just what the hell more do they want him to do?
3. President Obama let Syria spiral out of control, which helped strengthen ISIS: Actually around this time last year, the president asked Congress to vote on a resolution to allow him to do more in Syria – and Republicans prevented that from happening. The House couldn’t get enough Republicans to support giving President Obama the power to take further action in Syria – now they’re trying to blame President Obama for not taking further action in Syria. It’s ridiculous.
4. We’re “less safe” under President Obama: On President Obama’s watch there have been more terrorists killed than during George W. Bush’s 8 years in the White House – most notably the death of Osama bin Ladin. If anything, this president gets hammered by some on the left for being the “drone president.” There’s absolutely zero evidence, aside from right-wing propaganda pulled out of thin air, to support the idea that we’re “less safe” because of this president.
5. ISIS is the result of Obama’s failed foreign policy: ISIS is a direct result of the destabilization of the Middle East that followed the removal of Saddam Hussein from power. The current chaos in the Middle East is all tied to the ripple effect that occurred as a result of Bush starting a war that never should have happened in the first place. It’s absurd to blame this president for issues that are a direct result of the incompetence and failed foreign policies of the president who came before him.
Unless Bush’s plan was to leave U.S. troops in Iraq – forever – a group like ISIS eventually causing serious problems there was always inevitable. Iraq falling into chaos wasn’t a matter of if it was going to happen, just when. Anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knew that the “when” was going to be just after American troops left.
Again, the timetable for the removal of all U.S. forces from Iraq was set by Bush – not Obama.
Now, will me pointing out these facts make any difference in the minds of most Republicans? I can hope, but it’s highly unlikely. They’re going to believe what they want to believe, no matter what the facts ultimately tell them.