Skip to comments.And the first person to blame Bush for the current crisis in Iraq is…
Posted on 06/12/2014 2:27:03 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The explosion of bloodshed in Iraq has created the temptation for many to revisit their support for or opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and to ascribe blame for the recent surge in violence to their preferred boogieman.
Not all have succumbed to the enticing lure of nostalgia. Not even consistent Iraq War and George W. Bush critic Fareed Zakaria allowed himself himself to take a swipe at the former commander-in-chief for looming over the present crisis.
Appearing on CNN on Thursday, Zakaria blamed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for undoing what he said was the good accomplished by Gen. David Petraeus following the 2007 Iraq surge. The CNN analyst said that, in the wake of U.S withdrawal, the Iraqi prime minister fostered the resentments among average Iraqis which have created the conditions in which a surge can flourish.
Thats significant for a number of reasons. Zakaria opposed the surge in 2007 for the same reasons he opposed Barack Obamas surge into Afghanistan it was a military operation when it should have been a political and economic one. Today, however, Zakaria appears to have moderated his position on the Iraq War in light of the last seven years.
Zakaria is owed some credit. Not everyone can shed a once favored but clearly defunct political narrative as gracefully as he has. Take, for instance, MSNBC host Joy Reid who educated her audience on the origins of the ISIS threat on Thursday.
And now to the events in Iraq, which actually began with the invasion of Iraq, she said. The dissolution of its army later in 2003, a subsequent civil war, a surge that was supposed to give Iraq time to form a stable government and become a modern state, and the internecine political process that resulted instead.
Now, its this unpleasant recent history that helped set the stage for the bloody events that were seeing in Iraq right now, Reid said. The MSNBC host conveniently forgot to include the fact that the ISIS rebellion was incubated in Syria a civil war characterized by the use of chemical weapons on civilians and which the United States world failed to do anything about. The very name of the organization rampaging across Iraq today pays homage to its origins in that Mediterranean state.
Instead, Reid prefers to go back in history to the very roots of the modern Democratic Party, forged in opposition to the Iraq War. She might as well have gone back to the British Mandate of Mesopotamia or Iraqs 1958 coup to set the stage for present events.
But even Reid did not go so far as to blame Bush by name for crisis in Iraq. No, that dubious distinction must be awarded to Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democratic governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee.
Seeing a moment of political opportunism, Chafee jumped at the chance to remind his states liberal voters that he opposed the Iraq Ware while serving in the U.S. Senate.
I never understood the original push for war in Iraq, never understood the logic of regime change, Chafee said. These neocons [neo-conservatives] all through the 90s were talking the importance of regime change in Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein, the strongman. I just didnt understand stirring up the hornets nest that is the Middle East. It just never made any sense to me, and now were seeing some of the ramifications of having deviated from our Cold War containment strategy.
Channeling George Kennan, Chafee insisted that the United States could have and should have contained Iraq 11 years ago. It worked in Russia, he said. It worked in China. Maybe he forgets that the West functionally abandoned containment in the 1950s in favor of a policy advocating the rollback of the Communist world. That shift in tactics eventually resulted in the liberation of Eastern Europe.
But, anyway, back to Chafees melancholy romp through events in the distant past:
I always thought our Cold War strategy depended on strong alliances, the Ocean States governor said, vividly recounting the heated cable news segments of 2002. Those have been fractured through this misadventure.
*Obviously, its happening in Syria. I just believe in multinational approaches that are respectful of everybodys positions. We deviated from that respect. Weve got to try rebuilding those alliances with the Saudis, the Turks, the Jordanians thats going to be the key.
And that project has been going swimmingly.
Credit where credit is due; more than a handful of political commentators have been able to take into account that Barack Obama has been president for nearly six years while commenting on the renewed violence in Iraq. For some, though, it will always be those heady 22 months leading up to the Iraq War.
I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s his fault as much as it’s his plan.
He's not my president.
F U B O!
Why we went to Iraq is a Bush thing. The origins of Iraq was convoluted and confused, not unlike the origins of Vietnam. Bush owns that.
But once we were in there it's a different story. With Saddam removed, Iraq became another potential Taliban/Al-Qaeda/Islamo-terroist front. Obama owns what we do now in Irag.
This will make vets love Obama even more.
I do think we did not destroy these modern day Nazis as much as we should have during the Bush years.
But Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader this Caliphate movement was captured and held captive in the Bucca camp in Iraq during the Bush years.
Obama released him (and others) as soon as he could.
I don’t think the self absorbed chattering class know how important and dangerous this formation of a Caliphate state is.
I heard that tape played on Rush today.
Bill Clintoon said, “It all depends on what the meaning of ISIS is.”
Iraq was in cahoots with al Qaeda and was a threat to provide WMD for more or even worse attacks.
The mistake was not going from south to north and neutralizing all pro-Caliphates as we occupied the entire Arabian peninsula and Afghanistan.
We were way too soft and it has and will come back to bite us.
What does it take for Boehner to begin Articles of Impeachment for the Democrat’s Obama?
It would take him starting to care.
Bush's reason were convoluted and confused. The WMD thing was dropped like hot potatoes and changed to the equally screwy, anti-American "Bush Doctrine" justifying our invasion to make other countries "democratic." What a load of H.S.
Uh, didn’t the Bush dooshes go out of their way to treat ol’ Lincoln with kid gloves? You know, as NE elitists to another?
Stop parroting the left lines.
Bush admin poorly communicated.
But there was no way in Hell to not invade and make damn sure there was not going to be a nuke made available.
This is Bush's fault just like the ongoing open borders disaster.
Dang man, we're distinguished from the Left because we're supposed to be on the side of the truth and for what's right, not for partisanship but for America. If it's true, its true. It's not left, right or anything else.
Otherwise what we say is empty and meaningless. If you don't hold Bush accountable for his actions, how can you hold Obama accountable for his actions?
There was nothing about a "nuke" involved. Bush got his eye off the ball. He did a great job going after the bad guys in Afghanistan. Then he got his eye off the ball and wanted to finish what his Dad had started. His reasons were convoluted. IMO, he screwed up.