You Have Got to be Kidding: Are Republicans Really Trying to Blame Obama for Iraq?

bush-laughingI love this Republican mindset that just because George W. Bush is no longer president, he’s not to blame for anything that’s currently going on in this country – or the world for that matter.

Republicans were blaming President Obama for our economy almost immediately after taking office.  As if he could wave a magic wand and fix everything Bush screwed up during his eight years.  Hell, some of them tried to say that he caused our economic collapse.

But these conservatives I’ve run across trying to blame President Obama for what’s going on in Iraq might be some of the most ridiculous yet.

Honestly, who thought once we pulled our military out of Iraq they’d continue to be a peaceful, strong democracy?  I’m not a military strategist, but the fact that Islamic insurgents are now taking over cities in Iraq is exactly what I figured was going to happen shortly after we left.

But now this is all Obama’s fault because he pulled our troops out of Iraq?  What the hell did these people want to do, leave our military in Iraq for another few decades?  Because that’s probably what it would have taken in order to give Iraq a real chance at establishing some kind of stable democracy.

And judging by Bush’s “mission accomplished” moment in 2003, I don’t think a 10, 20 or 30 year occupation of Iraq is what the Bush administration had planned when this war started.

But nonetheless, President Obama took office in 2009 and all of Bush’s disasters were left for him to clean up – Iraq included.

Though it’s absolutely absurd anyone could blame President Obama for Iraq.

There are essentially two choices Obama had concerning Iraq:

  1. Keep troops in Iraq indefinitely (something the vast majority of Americans didn’t support).
  2. Pull troops out and let what’s happening now happen.

That’s about it.

Like I said, unless we were planning a decades long occupation of Iraq, some form of insurgent forces were eventually going to take that country over.

Because not only did we remove Saddam from power (arguably the man who oddly enough kept Iraq from falling into the hands of some radical Islamic insurgent group), but we also destabilized the entire nation.

A destabilization that was only enhanced due to the utter incompetency of how the Bush administration handled the early stages of the Iraq war.

But now Republicans want to blame Obama for what’s going on in Iraq?

When it comes to any issues that are going on in Iraq, the blame begins and ends with the people responsible for starting the Iraq war in the first place – the Bush administration.

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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