Tony Blair and Donald Rumsfeld: Completely Wrong About Iraq, Think They’re Right About Syria

blair-rumsfeldThe situation in Syria has certainly brought about a lot of questions with very few clear cut answers, but the last people on the planet who need to offer their opinions are those who thought the war in Iraq was a good deal.

So when I read comments from Tony Blair and Donald Rumsfeld—I immediately shut my brain off.

I’m sorry, but two of the primary forces behind the Iraq War should know better than to voice opinions on their nations getting involved in another war.

In fact, I couldn’t care less what either of them think.  But for anybody who does care (and there are plenty), let’s just take a look at what these “military geniuses” had to say about possible military intervention in Syria.

Tony Blair:

”People wince at the thought of intervention. But contemplate the future consequence of inaction and shudder: Syria mired in carnage between the brutality of Assad and various affiliates of al Qaida, a breeding ground of extremism.”

Donald Rumsfeld:

“One thing that is very interesting, it seems to me, is that there really hasn’t been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation.”

I’m sorry Mr. Blair and Mr. Rumsfeld, but you lost the right to have an opinion about any kind of war when you told the world Iraq undoubtedly had “weapons of mass destruction,” and proceeded to find exactly—zero WMD’s. 

It’s kind of like if you have a friend and he/she has been divorced twice due to their rampant infidelity and selfishness.  Then, when you’re facing troubles in your own marriage they try and give you advice about being loyal and giving.

Might a few things they say end up being right?  Sure.  But they’re the last person who should be giving anyone marital advice.

And while I’ve said that personally I’m still unsure how I feel about possible military involvement in Syria, I sure as hell won’t turn to Tony Blair or Donald Rumsfeld for their opinions.

Which especially goes for Donald Rumsfeld having the gall to criticize President Obama’s response to the war in Syria.  I mean, how dare a President take time to calculate exactly what we should do and give our allies time do to the same thing.

I’m sure if it were good ol’ Rummy and Bush they’d have gotten with Blair and dropped bombs at the first opportunity.

So regardless of what either of these two men who were dead wrong on Iraq have to say about Syria, the fact of the matter is—they’re some of the last people on earth that should be giving advice (or judging anyone’s decisions) about getting involved in war.

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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  • strayaway

    Congressman Alan Grayson has a petition for the public to sign telling President Obama to leave Syria alone. Last week’s Reuters/Ipsos poll recorded only 9% of Americans supporting an attack on Syria. 54 Congressional Democrats have now joined over 100 Congressional Republicans in requesting hearings. These Democrats “sent a letter to the White House Thursday “expressing unequivocal condemnation over the news that chemical weapons were reportedly used by the government of Syria” but also cautioning against bypassing Congress. The apparent human rights violations there “should not draw us into an unwise war.” -Politico

    Ok, so that’s a bit timid but a public and congressional response is growing to demand a congressional say in whether we attack Syria. Is the author of this article dissing Rumsfeld for opposing a war? Even broken clocks are rights twice a day.

  • David Boltz

    What you forget is that these guys were never “wrong” about the Iraq war. They knew exactly what was going on and lied about it. There’s a difference. I get your point in that no one can really ever take them serious again. But, what they did then is exactly what they’re doing now: spewing propaganda in order to change your opinion to fit their narrative.

  • John Gamber

    These factions have been fighting with each other for nearly 4,000 years, It isn’t anything we can affect serious change by throwing our hard earned taxes into. I can think of a million things we can spend the money on that would affect things in a more positive way without even breaking a sweat. Let them fight for their own rights like we did. We are not going to be able to win any happy points with the Arab world by interfering in what is clearly their own conflict. I vote for staying the Hell out of any other countries civil wars.

    • Claudine Prosper

      You have just cleared up my confusion! You are right! No matter what we do in the Arab world nothing is going to change. If it hasn’t been settled in 4000 years then I think we should stay the hell out of there and let them do their own battles. We’ve been there many time and we know that the Arabs have no use for us. So why waste the hard earned tax dollars. We have to work until June before we actually get what we work for here in Canada. Support our own people first!

  • disgusted with bush

    Rumsfeld is against it cause there is little oil involved to pump up Cheney’s previous company’s profits.

  • Charles Vincent

    “In fact, I couldn’t care less what either of them think. But for anybody who does care (and there are plenty), let’s just take a look at what these “military geniuses” had to say about possible military intervention in Syria.”

    1) If you indeed do not care why are you writing an article showcasing what they think and offering your opinion?

    “So when I read comments from Tony Blair and Donald Rumsfeld—I immediately shut my brain off.”

    2) This is why this and your other articles are so poorly written and lack any real citation of sources and facts.