I’ve absolutely hit my limit with Republicans trying to pin all the violence in the Middle East on President Obama. Let me just go ahead and say what hardly anyone in the “mainstream media” will actually say: All this chaos in the Middle East began when George W. Bush invaded Iraq, triggering a massive destabilization of the entire region.
Though most of us know that already. Well, at least those of us who know how to think for ourselves.
But it wasn’t just Bush invading Iraq that caused all of this. It was the complete incompetence shown by his administration following Saddam’s removal from power that was real catalyst.
He took us to war based on a lie, with no plan on what to do after Saddam was out of power, and absolutely no exit strategy. And after he signed the SOFA agreement requiring all of our troops to be out of Iraq by the end of 2011, it was only a matter of time before some radical Islamic group tried to take over Iraq.
And let me go ahead and state another little “fun fact” since I’m on the subject: Had the Bush administration told the American people that going into Iraq would have required a decade (or realistically longer) commitment, almost nobody signs off on that. You don’t sell the Iraq War to the American people by saying, “This mission will require an indefinite American presence in Iraq.”
Which is pretty much what it’s going to take to keep Iraq stable and out of the hands of some radical Islamic group. Because even if we defeat ISIS, driving them out of Iraq, it’s only a matter of time before another group takes their place. Unless, of course, thousands of American troops stay behind.
President Obama really only has two options:
- Start another war. – or –
- Let ISIS continue doing what they’re doing.
And let’s face it, the second option – really isn’t an option.
Don’t think for a moment that it was just a coincidence that Bush signed the SOFA so that American combat operations would end right after he left office and the complete removal of all U.S. forces would happen a couple of years later. Bush and his cronies knew that once American troops were gone, Iraq would slip back into chaos. And whoever the next president turned out to be would be the one blamed for it.
And that’s exactly what happened.
There’s one thing I can say with absolute certainty: If not for the absolute incompetence shown by the Bush administration with their handling of Iraq, the world would have never heard of ISIS.
But, like clockwork, Republicans have been right there this whole time blaming all of this chaos on President Obama. Just like they have with every other mess the Bush administration left him to clean up.
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