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: