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Friday, September 05, 2014

Too Bad Obama Didn't Listen to Bush on Iraq

We might have avoided this entire big mess!

Obama was swept into office on a messianic cloud that suggested he was just so smart and wise and would never make the mistakes of his predecessor whom the Obamatons derided as a dunce or worse. You'd be called a "racist" if you used the same language to describe Obama as the Obama people routinely used to describe Bush.

What a shame that the hubris of the faculty lounge syncophants who followed Obama into the White House blocked them from considering that Bush might have been right when it came to pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq. And yes, it was Obama's failure to secure a standard of forces agreement, he bragged about it (1,2), that brought about the outcome we see today.

Bush warned about the consequences in 2007. The same year Obama was telling us that his name and face would be an important tool to bring about peace. How'd that work out?

BUSH: To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready … would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.
Now, as Bush warned, we have the killings "on a horrific scale" and U.S. troops are going back to Iraq to confront an enemy that had been defeated but is now more dangerous than at any previous time. Tell me again why Obama's policy is so smart?

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