To the Republicans Blaming President Obama for the Attack in Paris: Are You Out of Your Damn Minds?

obama-frustratedMany Republicans have reached such a point of absurdity, it’s unfathomable to me that there are people who still take them seriously. Try as I might, I cannot bring myself to the simplistic, small-minded level of thinking that it clearly requires to buy into and believe the nonsense the GOP constantly pushes.

It’s as if the entire party gathered together a few years ago and decided to become a giant caricature of a political party just to see if there would be people stupid enough to continue to support them. How else can you explain having Donald Trump and Ben Carson as your two leading presidential candidates? It has to be a joke, right? It’s as if the entire GOP presidential primary thus far has been a really long, unfunny Saturday Night Live sketch.

That being said, following the awful terrorist attack in Paris on Friday, I saw many Republicans suggesting President Obama might be to blame for the attack. They seem to enjoy claiming that his “failed foreign policy” is what allowed this to happen.

Just stop.

First, you can spin ISIS however you want, but the terror group might never have existed had George W. Bush not invaded Iraq, botched the whole damn thing and destabilized the entire region. Furthermore, if you’re blaming President Obama for our troop withdrawal – think again. That, too, was Bush by way of the Status of Forces Agreement he signed with the Iraqi government in 2008 that set the timetable for when our troops had to be out of Iraq.

And if you don’t believe me, just ask Dick Cheney who called the troop withdrawal a “sign of success in Iraq.

All this president has done is tried to fix the giant mess his predecessor left him.

But you have to be completely out of your damn mind to suggest that President Obama is “responsible” for a terrorist attack in another sovereign nation.

That’s laughably absurd.

By all means, let’s have the conversation on “doing more to combat ISIS” – what the hell are congressional Republicans doing? Maybe I missed it, but when exactly did the Republican-controlled Congress vote on, or layout their plan, to deal with the terrorist group? Hell, if you ask 10 Republicans what we should do to fight ISIS, you’re likely to get 10 different answers. So spare me this sanctimonious b.s. trying to blame President Obama for any supposed “inaction.”

Not only that, but Republicans should just be honest – it doesn’t matter what this president does. No matter what he does or doesn’t do, the only thing you all are going to do is complain about it and say he should have done the opposite. You’ll say he didn’t do enough, he waited too long, he’s not doing it the right way… it doesn’t matter. He could cure cancer and you people would probably he was waging a war on oncologists.

But it’s a sad state of affairs when your party has sunk to such deplorable depths that you’ll exploit death and horror to wage some sort of petty, partisan attack against the president.

That’s not American nor is it patriotic – it’s just sad.

Taking it a step further, it’s pathetic how many of you have actually taken to mocking France for their gun laws during this time of incredible grief, trying to exploit this tragedy to push your gun fanaticism. It’s absolutely nauseating.

Republicans, you all might not like this president, but to try to blame him for deaths that he had nothing to do with simply to satisfy your never-ending quest to bash him any chance you get only proves once again why you people have become an embarrassment to this country.

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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