No matter how many times I hear it said, it still never ceases to amaze me how many Republicans are now trying to claim that Iraq was safe, secure and stable prior to President Obama being elected. As I’ve said numerous times before, anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knew that once we left, the country was almost certainly going to spiral into chaos. That didn’t stop George W. Bush from signing the 2008 SOFA agreement that set the timetable for the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq.
That same agreement is rarely mentioned among Republicans who are desperate to blame President Obama for “abandoning Iraq.”
Well, I think it goes without saying that GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is one of those Republicans trying to blame this president for the mistakes made by his brother.
Take for instance comments he made during a national security forum hosted by Politico where Jeb once again showcased his complete delusion about how incompetent his brother was at handling the Iraq War.
“I’ll tell you though, that taking out Saddam Hussein turned out to be a pretty good deal,” Bush stated.
Looking back, was it? Let’s face it, there’s a reason why the Middle East is essentially devoid of any real semblance of democracy. While it’s indisputable that Hussein was a horrible person, he was a secular dictator and a staunch enemy of Iran. And if you ask me, I’ll take a Hussein-controlled Iraq over an Iraq controlled by random religious radicals – which is what you’re starting to see happen now.
“In 2009, Iraq was fragile but secure,” he continued.
Yes, because Americans troops were still there by the thousands. Again, I would like to point out that in 2008 his brother signed the SOFA agreement outlining the date which all American troops were set to leave Iraq. Not only that, but at that point the Iraqi people wanted us gone and Americans were overwhelmingly against keeping troops on the ground in the Middle Eastern nation.
He then went on to say that he thinks his brother would admit that it was a mistake to disband the Iraqi army, but noted that his brother had the “courage” to push for the “surge” that was aimed at fixing the mess caused by his very own incompetence.
Yes, Jeb Bush actually called his brother courageous for sending even more Americans to die to clean up the mess his administration created following its complete mishandling of the entire Iraq War in the first place.
Here’s a rule: You can’t be called “courageous” for sending more people to die in a war that:
- We shouldn’t have been fighting to begin with.
- Only needed the “surge” because of the catastrophic mistakes made by the administration in carrying out that war in the first place.
Jeb also went on to call the surge “one of the great success stories in modern military history.”
He’s literally trying to paint this picture that somehow his brother’s policies in Iraq were a success because the country was slightly less chaotic in 2009 than it was in 2005. Though if you listen to his comments, he seems to suggest that American troops should have stayed in Iraq indefinitely. After all, that’s really the only way the country would have ever maintained any semblance of structure.
However, I would like to point out that he never really specifically says what he thinks we should have done. Sure, he’ll criticize the removal of our troops (again, due to the agreement signed by his brother) but I’ve never really heard him say the words “we should have kept Americans troops in Iraq.” Even if it’s clear that’s what he’s alluding to.
The more I hear Jeb Bush speak, the more it becomes glaringly obvious that he’s very much just like his brother.
Watch the clip below via Bloomberg: