Debunking 5 of the Biggest Republican Lies About President Obama and the Middle East

obama-frustratedIt’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.

Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think.



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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    The republican congress is nothing but a road block to progress. That has always been their plan because they know the Democrats move the country forward.

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    #1. Actually, the Iraqi parliament kicked the US forces out. The US, under Bush, agreed to leave. Obama tried to get forces to stay longer but would not accept the Iraqi condition of being able to imprison US troops for violating Iraqi law. Good for Obama on that small point but as a candidate Obama promised to get the troops out “immediately” upon becoming president. “You can bank on that” he went on. Instead, he kept them in Iraq until a half month before the withdrawal deadline.

    #5 ISIS is the result of Obama and Hillary’s failed foreign policy. That’s true. You can blame Bush sending troops into a different country based on a lie or the British for carving up the middle east decades ago but It was Obama who has been leading the charge to unseat Assad as he helped unseat Khaddafi (another policy disaster). Assad is the number one opponent of IS. It makes no sense to unseat IS’ biggest enemy. Obama had been siphoning weaponry to “moderates” in Syria that always seemed to wind up IS hands. Congress, with a higher percentage of Republicans, provided $500 to fight IS and Assad so it isn’t just Obama. The Republican Party has plenty of hawkish jerks too. But the more Obama tears away at Syria, the more IS fills the vacuum. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and some of the Emirates are enemies of Assad. If we want to get rid of IS, stop hammering Assad for starters.