For years Republicans have been trying to blame President Obama for the mistakes made by George W. Bush. To this day I’ll still have conservatives look me straight in the eye and blame the economic crash on Obama, even though he hadn’t even been elected when it all began.
But even more ridiculous than that are those Republicans who blame this president for the current chaos in the Middle East. You know, the current chaos that’s directly linked to the instability in the region caused by Bush’s Iraq War and the complete incompetence his administration showed in handling the entire ordeal.
Well, understandably so, Jeb Bush has been one of those Republicans trying to blame President Obama for G.W.’s mistakes. When you think about it, by doing so Jeb is essentially admitting what a catastrophic failure his brother was as president. After all, you don’t really see Jeb out there running on the successes of his brother’s presidency – just trying to blame the Obama administration for his brother’s failures.
During a recent campaign speech, the younger Bush sibling essentially tried to claim that Iraq was a beacon of success and stability before President Obama and Hillary Clinton ruined everything. Even though, as I’ve pointed out several times, the timetable to withdraw our troops from Iraq was set by the SOFA agreement that was signed by none other than George W. Bush.
“Who can seriously argue that America and our friends are safer today than in 2009, when the president and Secretary Clinton. the storied ‘team of rivals.’ took office?,” Jeb asked.
I would like to point out that even Dick Cheney supported the timeframe for withdrawing our troops that was set by George W. Bush’s SOFA agreement, saying that their removal by 2011 was a sign of the “success” of the Iraq War.
While Republicans like Jeb are quick to try to score political points with the chaos currently going on in the Middle East, there’s always something missing from their criticisms of the Obama administration: What they would have done differently.
Anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knew the moment American troops left Iraq, the country was going to spiral into chaos. Is Bush suggesting that President Obama should have kept tens of thousands of U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq indefinitely? Because that sure as hell seems to be what he’s saying.
When it comes to combating ISIS, what would he do differently? We’re already trying to arm the right factions (something that never goes well) and carrying out literally thousands of airstrikes – what more does he (or any Republican for that matter) want?
If he thinks the president should send in ground forces to fight ISIS directly, then why not just say that?
Oh, I know why! Because he’s afraid of the political ramifications it would have on his campaign if he were to actually say that. After all, a Bush calling for ground troops in Iraq is not exactly original, if you know what I’m saying.
Republicans can try to twist around what’s currently going on in Iraq all they want, but the truth of the matter is this is all linked to incompetence of the Bush administration and the lies they told to take us to war in the first place. And now they’re trying to score political points by attacking those who were stuck having to clean up after George W Bush’s disaster.
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