Fox News Ridiculously Trying to Blame Obama for Rising Gas Prices Due to Violence in Iraq (Video)

Remember back in 2003 when Obama was president and he started a needless war in Iraq based on lies about weapons of mass destruction and ties to terrorism?  Then remember just a few short weeks after starting the war when he landed on an aircraft carrier wearing a flight suit with a giant “mission accomplished” banner in the background – even though the U.S. involvement in the war continued on for another 9 years?

Oh, wait.  That was actually George W. Bush.

This seems to be a fact Republicans have conveniently forgotten.

And now that Iraq is slipping further and further into intense violence, with more of the country falling into the control of radical Islamic insurgents, Republicans are doing just about everything they can to blame what’s going on in Iraq on President Obama.

Because, you know, he pulled our troops out of Iraq after nearly a decade at war.  

I’ve said this to numerous people, unless we planned a multiple decade long occupation of Iraq, insurgents were always going to take control soon after we left.

So what exactly did Republicans want us to do?

By December of 2011, when the war “ended,” the American people were sick of war.  Hell, we’re still fighting one in Afghanistan.  They wanted us out of Iraq and President Obama did just that.

After all, aren’t Republicans the ones who claim they’re “listening to the voice of the American people”?

Not only did Americans want us out of Iraq, our military was (and still is) completely exhausted.  I’ve talked to a couple of guys who spent most of their lives this last decade at war.  That’s unacceptable.

Well, it seems now that insurgents are taking back parts of Iraq, Wall Street is a bit jittery with the price of oil as we’ve seen it rise to its highest level in almost a year.  Which, of course, means gas prices are going to go up.

And we all know what that means – it’s time for Republicans to blame President Obama for higher gas prices.

Which is exactly what Fox News did.  On Fox and Friends, Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney decided to use what’s going on in Iraq to blame the rising gas prices on Obama.

Varney said, “Let me make this very clear, we are all paying for the president’s policy mistakes. The retreat in Iraq, the chaos in Iraq, will be paid for by us at the pump.”

Yes, that’s some clown on Fox News saying that because Bush invaded Iraq, had no plan for after Saddam was removed from power and had no exist strategy, it’s Obama’s fault because after nearly a decade at war he finally said enough is enough and pulled our troops out.


I guess Varney is one of those who believes we should have kept troops in Iraq for decades.  Because, you know, that was the “plan” back in 2003, right?

Wouldn’t life be nice if it was like how Republicans deal with all the problems Bush caused?  We could simply absolve ourselves of any blame for problems we caused as long as enough time had passed since we caused them.

Well, here’s a newsflash for Republicans: The war in Iraq was 100 percent the fault of the Bush administration.  The subsequent chaos that’s followed doesn’t suddenly get passed on to someone else simply because they had the choice of an indefinite occupation or to bring our troops home.

Because the fact is had Bush not started – then completely botched – the entire Iraq war, Obama wouldn’t have to be cleaning up yet another mess he created.

Watch Varney’s comments below:

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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  • jonjstrine42

    Varney’s the same guy that, a few years back, said the rising gas prices were all President Obama’s fault due to his energy policy (read: he didn’t “Drill, Baby, Drill”). Then, when gas prices started to go down, according to Varney it was all President Obama’s fault because of his supposedly abysmal economic policies.
    So, prices go up, it’s Obama’s fault. Prices go down, it’s bad news for Obama too! Yet, never once did he mention the fact that oil is an internationally traded commodity and the price fluctuations of said commodity cause fluctuations in the price of gas. I guess that’s just too factual for the bobbleheads on Fox “News”.
    Oh, and when we hit record high gas prices during the Bush administration, I’m willing to bet he didn’t blame it on the President. I have no desire to research this, as Varney’s voice makes me want to vomit.

  • Mr. Avatar

    Actually the new rise in gas prices, as McCain said; Obama’s for not leaving a contingency of troops in Iraq , The first rise in gas prices was Bush’s doing. So you can’t blame just one of them. Bad politics on both of them.

    • Sunnysmom

      He tried to leave a contingency of troops in Iraq.

  • Avatar

    After all, aren’t Republicans the ones who claim they’re “listening to the voice of the American people”?

    This is probably the best simplistic quote I’ve seen this month. Ted Cruz and his tea followers in D.C. always said that. John Boehner always said that. We are fucking tired of the longest war in the modern day. Sources has it that rebels in Africa continent did actually strike peace with each other only to have it torn up by mysterious outside force in 2000-2014. Now we know who. It’s us. Our government really hates the peace because it will cause defense industry to go bankrupt. We are the warmongering country and it’s all Republicans’ fucking fault for that.

  • Pipercat

    … and the second battles of the camel expand beyond the Syrian border. While imbeciles like Varney exploit something trivial, the Iranians are sending reinforcements into Iraq to counter ISIS. The war is expanding.

  • David Rand

    Obama offered support troops and Malaki said “No thanks, get out”. Sorry, but this is a fact. Fact is, this is an Iraqi issue. Lets let the Iraqis fight off ISIS. Nobody has even faught yet. 30,000 weak minded soldiers ran away. The clerics just called all adult men to fight, this will change things. Let the Iraqis fight for their nation.

  • smylex Baggins

    Something you overlooked, Mr. Clifton: the withdrawal of US troops out of Iraq by 2011 was on the Bush Administration’s timeline. Let’s not overlook whose idea it was to have our boys out by then. Obama had promised to get them out earlier than that, but then his administration was looking to KEEP American troops in Iraq after the withdrawal.

    • Sunnysmom

      Exactly. Most people don’t realize Obama was trying to keep troops there..not that he should have, but he was.

  • Danielle

    also, nevermind the fact that republicans let big oil buy them off, instead of pushing for alternative power sources, which would make the rise of oil prices less of a problem

  • FiineTapestry

    Oh, no! Poor Republicans! Obama didn’t follow the invade-a-country-4-oil game! What would they do now? Oh, yeah, blame Obama for what is in essence the conservatives policies fault…

  • Sunnysmom

    The “retreat in Iraq”??? REALLY?? Americans were done with that war long before it actually ended. We could be there 100 years and it wouldn’t matter. It’s so disgusting that the same people squealing about us needing to get out of there are now criticizing that very thing. Of course, why should I be surprised? If Obama came up with a cure for cancer, they’d come out saying he’s destroying the economy because nobody needs cancer drugs anymore.

    Beyond done with these assholes.

  • Matthew Reece

    Gas prices are higher primarily because the dollar has been debased.

  • craig klucas

    You know of course that we export gas, that means we have too much and the price should go down, regardless.

    • Robert Eckert

      We export natural gas which is a different substance from gasoline

  • John

    this guy is such a lying whore the reason the price is going up is because of OPEC.which is why President Obama to be more drilling site in America than any other president we are pumping were all in this time than we ever have any time in the street including under the two on President the bushe’s.

  • Kato

    Gas prices are lower now then when Bush was in office.
    Hey FOX jackass think before you speak. DO YOUR RESEARCH DUMMY.

  • Stephen Barlow

    The war was a two fold Finite Fuel industry gambit.

    A) Steal iraq’s oil industry and reserves.
    B) MAINTAIN perpetual war as a marketing strategy to profiteer on oil speculation.

    A Speculator’s tax of 2% per transaction would dampen all that price gouging.

    a windfall profits tax could fund the rebuilding of our Nation’s Public Schools.

  • Karen

    Gas is going down again…rapidly. Obama get credit? No? That’s because the president has nothing to do with gas prices!!!!!!