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Monday, May 18, 2015

Obama Lost Iraq. GOP Candidates Should Stop Apologizing

If it wasn't for Obama's total withdrawal, ISIS never would have gotten a foothold!

CNN is reporting that ISIS is now in control of Ramadi, another major city in Iraq. Of the hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, many have left everything they have behind and fled. Thousands who remain face a grim future of beheadings and mass murder.

It's just the latest bad news in a series of bad news as ISIS continues to advance in Iraq and Syria and related terrorist groups around the world grow in strength and daring.

Meanwhile, on the GOP presidential campaign trail the news media is delighting in asking potential GOP nominees whether they think invading Iraq was a good idea. Note that the media have NOT asked Hillary Clinton that question. Hillary, who voted for the senate resolution authorizing the Iraq war hasn't answered ANY questions for nearly a month and only eight questions since her candidacy officially began.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has stumbled more than most in answering the question about Iraq. In doing so, he's given an opening to the left. A  trollish left wing College Democrat revised history when she confronted Jeb and insisted that ISIS was created by Jeb's brother President George W. Bush as a consequence of going into Iraq in the first place.

Never mind that the decision to go into Iraq happened 12 years ago when this "student" was still playing with dolls. She insisted SHE knew President Bush was to blame for ISIS. Or at least that's probably what some college professor told her.

Bush tried to respond that it was Obama's pullout that created the conditions which allowed ISIS to gain a foothold but the "student" he was talking to knows nothing of the warnings Obama received before the fall of Fallujah and likely doesn't know, or care, that  Obama referred to ISIS the "JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. "

GOP Candidates Should NOT Apologize for Iraq War

The effort to tag every GOP candidate with the Iraq War and force them to walk away from that commitment in hindsight is a mistake. First of all, who remembers the nightmare of Saddam Hussein's Iraq? He defied multiple UN resolutions and was murdering his own people. If he were still in power it's unknown what awful consequences we would be living with. Candidates might well be asked, why the GOP did nothing to stop the mess when we had the chance.

It's Obama who should be apologizing for the disaster in Iraq. Just a few years ago Vice President Biden promised that Iraq would be among Obama's "greatest achievements." You would think the media would be more interested in following that up rather than play games with potential GOP candidates. But then perhaps the media realizes that Obama is a failure in that regard and is just moving on. No doubt that explains their lack of interest in Hillary's previous positions on Iraq too!

UPDATE: Reader Quiz. Who Said This?

This is a challenge primarily for our left wing readers. Please tell me who said the following. No fair Googling. If you don't know, say so.
Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces. Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors.

Their purpose is to protect the national interest of the United States, and indeed the interests of people throughout the Middle East and around the world.

Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons.

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