Here’s the Truth About ISIS and the Iraq War that Trump & His Supporters Don’t Want to See

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To watch Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans blatantly try to re-write history is quite remarkable. Especially considering that with a simple Google search, anyone can easily debunk their ridiculous attempts to push some fabricated version of fairly recent history.



Take for instance Trump and the GOP’s rhetoric about the Iraq War, Libya and ISIS. To listen to them, they’re quick to tell everyone how everything is President Obama’s fault.

If you listen to Trump, he’ll say he opposed the Iraq War, didn’t support a regime change in Libya and President Obama’s decision not to leave American troops in Iraq was a mistake that’s directly responsible for ISIS rising to power. Even most of the Republican party puts the blame for ISIS right at the feet of this president.

Of course, they’re all full of crap.

But you don’t have to believe me. I don’t need to “spin” anything to debunk Trump and his party’s propaganda — I can just use their own words and actions.

Let’s start with Trump’s claims that he’s always been against the war in Iraq.

Here are his words from September 11, 2002 when he was asked by Howard Stern if he thinks we should go into Iraq:

Yeah, I guess so. I wish the first time it was done correctly.

So, no, he hasn’t always opposed the war in Iraq because when he was asked if he supported the idea Bush had been pushing around that time to go to war, he said he agreed with it, just that he wished it had been done right the first time.

Then Trump has frequently said that he opposed the removal of Gaddafi from power in Libya. Once again, his own words completely debunk his lie:

I can’t believe what our country is doing. Gaddafi in Libya is killing thousands of people, nobody knows how bad it is, and we’re sitting around we have soldiers all over the Middle East, and we’re not bringing them in to stop this horrible carnage and that’s what it is: It’s a carnage.

You talk about things that have happened in history; this could be one of the worst. Now we should go in, we should stop this guy, which would be very easy and very quick. We could do it surgically, stop him from doing it, and save these lives. This is absolutely nuts. We don’t want to get involved and you’re gonna end up with something like you’ve never seen before.

But we have to go in to save these lives; these people are being slaughtered like animals. It’s horrible what’s going on; it has to be stopped. We should do on a humanitarian basis, immediately go into Libya, knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively, and save the lives.

For the record, those are comments he made on his own blog in 2011.

I can’t forget this interview he did with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in 2007 where he said we needed to immediately pull American troops out of Iraq:

You know how they get out? They get out. That’s how they get out. Declare victory and leave, because I’ll tell you, this country is just going to get further bogged down. They’re in a civil war over there, Wolf. There’s nothing that we’re going to be able to do with a civil war. They are in a major civil war.

Then there’s this interview he gave to British GQ in 2008 where he said he’d “get out of Iraq right now” and said he wished Sen. John McCain would have pushed to “get us out of Iraq faster.”



As a quick recap, Donald Trump:

  • Told Howard Stern in 2002 that he supported going into Iraq.
  • Said on his own blog that we needed to go into Libya to get rid of Gaddafi.
  • Gave multiple interviews in 2007 and 2008 where he said we needed to get American troops out of Iraq — and quickly.

Yet, to listen to him talk now, he seems to act as if he didn’t say any of that. Not only does he deny supporting the Iraq War or saying we should remove Gaddafi from power, he cites American troops leaving Iraq as the reason why ISIS exists — when he was advocating for removing troops before Barack Obama was even elected.

But even when it comes to the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq, that wasn’t President Obama’s fault, either. All he did was enforce a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) that George W. Bush signed in 2008.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof from Bush’s own presidential archives.

However, if that’s not enough evidence to prove that it was Bush, not Obama, who ultimately set the date when American troops would leave Iraq, here are former Vice President Dick Cheney’s own words he said during an interview with Face the Nation where he called the SOFA a sign that the war in Iraq had been successful:

We’ve entered in to a strategic framework agreement with the Iraqis that calls for, ultimately, the U.S. completion of the assignment and the withdrawal of our forces from Iraq. All of those things I think, by anybody’s standard, would be evidence of significant success.

Again, to do a quick recap about the removal of U.S. forces from Iraq, we have:

  • Current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump giving multiple interviews where he said he believed we needed all of our troops brought back home immediately.
  • George W. Bush signing the SOFA agreement that ultimately set the date for all U.S. forces to be taken out of Iraq.
  • Dick Cheney calling that same SOFA agreement proof that the war in Iraq was a “significant success.”

Yet, these are the same people and members of the same party who now say that pulling troops out of Iraq, which facilitated the growth of ISIS in Iraq, is entirely the fault of President Obama.

Oh, and don’t even give me the whole, “Well, Obama could have kept troops there anyway” nonsense. While this was a possibility, the truth is, the Iraqi government didn’t want us there and never agreed to change the terms of the original SOFA to allow Americans troops to remain in the country.

Then there’s also the indisputable fact that ISIS began in 2004 — before Bush had begun his second term as president.

The bottom line is this: I don’t have to twist words, distort facts or do much of anything other than use the exact words and actions of people like Bush, Cheney and Trump to prove that all this anti-Obama rhetoric concerning Iraq and the rise of ISIS is nothing but pure fiction based on Republicans trying to re-write history. Meanwhile, I can literally do nothing more than quote Donald Trump verbatim to prove that, not only did he support both the Iraq War and removing Gaddafi from power in Libya, he was a staunch advocate for removing U.S. troops from Iraq — which he now attacks President Obama and Hillary Clinton for happening.

I absolutely cannot wait to see the messages and comments I’ll certainly get from Republicans trying to claim what I’ve said here isn’t true.

Be sure to check out the videos of these various comments below.

Trump’s Howard Stern Interview in 2002:

Dick Cheney calling Bush’s SOFA agreement a sign of “significant success” in Iraq:





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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

    Ok, so Trump sort of guessed that he supported the Iraq debacle in 2002 but was already saying we should get the troops out four years later. Obama’s had eight years to take them out. Trump’s historic flip-flopping a good point as far as it goes but Hillary actually voted to give away her congressional power to declare war to Bush and developed a policy to overthrow Khadaffi without the consent of Congress. That’s like saying Trump says bad things about brown people and Hillary bombs them. Let’s update that to which candidate expresses a desire to get along with Russia and which one has already restarted the cold war with Russia.

    • Patrick T. Hendrick

      Nothing people “well versed” in foreign policy and an insider.

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