Skip to comments.Paul Blames Iraq Crisis on Bush Administration
Posted on 06/22/2014 9:05:48 AM PDT by kristinn
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he blames the current crisis in Iraq on those who backed the 2003 U.S. invasion, not President Obama.
Paul was asked on NBCs Meet the Press whether former Vice President Dick Cheney is a credible critic after he blasted Obama for his strategy for Iraq in an op-ed last week.
I think the same questions could be asked of the same people who supported the Iraq war, Paul said. Whats going on now..I dont blame President Obama. I blame the Iraq war and I blame the people who supported the Iraq war for emboldening Iran.
The Bush administration didnt understand and foresee that a civil war would break out, Paul said.
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Well, he’s a Liberal Democrat. Of course he’d say that.
He’s as Goofy as his father
He is toast.
Everything he has been doing and saying supports the liberal agenda.
Looks like if you scratch just below the surface, junior is just as big a Kook as his old man. Sad. Definately Not Potus material.
Screw him! Bush ABSOLUTELY understood Civil War would break out. That’s why he GAVE NO TIMELINE on withdrawal and had weekly calls with Malaki to help him govern.
Lets be brutally honest here. The dirty little secret that nobody wants to talk about is that Saddam Hussein was far more effective at dealing with radical Muslims in Iraq than were the @ssholes in the U.S. government who invaded Iraq and toppled his government in 2003.
Of course he does. He wouldn’t want to say anything “rasis” about his little buddy, Barry Soetoro.
The new Godwin’s law is that if you mention George W. Bush, you have lost the argument.
Liberals can’t begin to discuss anything without mentioning George W. Bush.
Rand Paul is officially a liberal.
Rand Paul is a paganshalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
and as such does not understand
Then blame a strong majority in Congress, the Arab Leagus, and the United Nations.
He has totally kissed off any chance of the Presidency
Someone would have to be retarded to expect a country to survive under those governing conditions with all the religious/ethnic divisions among Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish groups.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Sunni militants taking over Iraq have quickly gained power because the United States has armed their group in Syria. I think we have to understand first how we got here, he said on CNNs State of the Union.
Is he saying that Bush and Cheney planned this over six years ago and somehow managed to enact their plan after leaving office? Just how many drugs has Rand been sharing with his old pappy, or is this a clear sign that dementia is a genetic strong suit among the Paul's?
The GWB Admin was wrong to invade Iraq which was a natural, effective foe against Iran. With that said to leave the followup in the hands of the tasbard Kenyan along with all his other foreign and domestic policies is a far greater epic disaster. Bammy had his shot to be a better Pres than W but he’s proven unworthy to even lick the Crawford, Tx. mud off the boots of Jr. George.
As for Rand Paul he’s all over the map an totally unreliable as a conservative. Next....
Rand Paul and his idiot dad have no clue. Both of them should do some reading.
William J. Clinton
Statement on Signing the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998
October 31, 1998
Today I am signing into law H.R. 4655, the “Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.” This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the bitter reality of internal repression and external aggression that the current regime in Baghdad now offers.
Let me be clear on what the U.S. objectives are:
The United States wants Iraq to rejoin the family of nations as a freedom-loving and lawabiding member. This is in our interest and that of our allies within the region.
The United States favors an Iraq that offers its people freedom at home. I categorically reject arguments that this is unattainable due to Iraq’s history or its ethnic or sectarian makeup. Iraqis deserve and desire freedom like everyone else.
The United States looks forward to a democratically supported regime that would permit us to enter into a dialogue leading to the reintegration of Iraq into normal international life.
My Administration has pursued, and will continue to pursue, these objectives through active application of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. The evidence is overwhelming that such changes will not happen under the current Iraq leadership.
In the meantime, while the United States continues to look to the Security Council’s efforts to keep the current regime’s behavior in check, we look forward to new leadership in Iraq that has the support of the Iraqi people. The United States is providing support to opposition groups from all sectors of the Iraqi community that could lead to a popularly supported government.
How would he have fared against the Arab Spring, even if all had remained locked in place from 10 + years ago? His army, already decrepit from sanctions 10 years ago, would have withstood ISIS or a push from Iran during the past ten years better than the current U.S. reinforced version? It was over and done with by ‘08, all Obama had to do was hold on to the gains.
Saddam Hussein has distributed $260,000 to 26 families of Palestinians killed in 29 months of fighting with Israel, including a $10,000 check to the family of a Hamas suicide bomber.The Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan: WSJ 2011
With Islamists thus amply represented in parliament, domestic considerations hampered the kings (Hussein of Jordan) foreign-policy decision making. During the 1991 Gulf War, the king declared neutrality, while the Brotherhood backed Saddam Hussein.
I agree. The invasion of Iraq was a mistake, I believe. Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. Rumsfeld's disbanding of the Iraqi military as part of his 'de-Bathification" program was a further disaster.
I have no problem blaming Obama for his many failures but I can't in good conscience blame him for the mess that became of Iraq. Bush owns this one.
All this being said, Saddam's days were numbered regardless of what we did. When practically every family in Iraq knows someone who "disappeared" under Saddam's regime, change would be coming.
When (actually, IF) anyone write an honest, objective history book about the U.S. involvement in the Middle East over the last 25 years, they're probably going to acknowledge that the U.S. was on the wrong side in the original Gulf War in 1990.
What evidence is there that Obama really objects to what is going on? There is the distinct possibility that he favors the caliphate what with that ring he wears, returning terrorists to the wild, etc. and the possibility that Benghazi was running arms to the rebels.
We’ve taken out Saddam and his replacement is under attack, Quadiffi, and now they’re after Assad....from what I an tell all three were impediments to the caliphate. Seems to me it’s Egypt, who claims Obama is in cahoots with Muslim Brotherhood, is the one pointing out the inconvenient truth.
I trust freepers will let me know where I’m wrong on this - what goes on over there is hard to keep up with.
His army became ISIS.
The old crank is proud of his popularity on college campuses, apparently.
LMAO. Iraq under its ruling Ba'athist government was one of the few places in the Middle East where Christians weren't regularly persecuted.
Heck -- Saddam Hussein even had non-Muslims in the highest reaches of his government. I believe the former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz was a Maronite or Chaldean Christian.
No, he’s not a lib; look at his domestic ideas. He and his dad are just isolationists. That policy has not worked since 1811.
Bush had the war won. Lybia was peaceful, Iraq and Afganistan were pretty much done deals; just had to maintain. Iran was ready for revolt, we just had to give moral support.
Obama threw it all away. Now we will have to start all over again because the threat is not only back but greater than ever.
Rand, like his father Ron, have an isolationist bend, and anything we do outside the country, should not have been done.
It allowed? The Bush administration didn’t have a final say and could not command they take a different approach. Sure, they could and DID attempt to influence them away from that stance but they couldn’t force it.
I'll bet there isn't a single Islamic country where this hasn't been the norm for at least a thousand years ... and will still be the norm a thousand years from now.
Great post and facts from the past only apply to lieberals when and if it meets their agenda in their current assesments. That’s why they hate absolute truth’s and go with moral relativism because they change the rules and move the goalposts as they see fit and justify doing it with deceptions and obfuscations.
Such a lovely bunch of liars and unaccountable deceivers.
Paul lives in another world. Someday maybe he will grow up and smell the roses.
I’m over him.
(We’ve only had an idiot Muslim in the White house for 5.5 years, that’s been funding terrorists.)
Saddam waged war on Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States.
Saddam waged genocidal wars on the Kurds and Marsh Arabs.
Saddam tried to assassinate a U.S. president.
I could go on but what's the point. Talking to a Saddam supporter is like talking to an Obama supporter.
If the U.S. didn't have a "final say" in the adoption of the Iraqi constitution in 2005, then it had no business invading the country in the first place and every senior member of the Bush administration should be charged with war crimes. What kind of lunacy is that?
After World War II, the Japanese didn't even draft their new constitution. It was done in 1946-47 by U.S. military officials with backgrounds in law. That's how you pacify a country and keep a bunch of mutants from staging a military uprising less than a decade later.
The Kurds alone disprove your point of view
I’m trying to come up with a list of Islamic governments in the Middle East that your statements would NOT apply to, and all I’ve got here is a blank sheet of paper.
I don't care if its Rand Paul, Obammy, Sarah Palin, or Diane Fienstein saying we should stay out of this. I agree with them. The only activity we should have over there is killing people we think are about to try and kill our citizens. That's it. And we can do that from a long ways away.
He has totally kissed off any chance of the Presidency
You are probably correct but I think he’ll run in order to try to take out Cruz. The B@sterd GOPe will try their damnest to take out Cruz.
Exactly. I’ve had this ready to post myself. Thanks for posting it.
The Dems would have supported this exact war, with the exact series of events and blips, had Clinton for Obama conducted it. This is why Paul needs to shut up. He is only helping these flip floppers.
I didn’t know that; granting you point, they should be easy to pound into the sand then, because they didn’t show much then. I do remember the Anbar awakening, though, so I doubt you’re right.
You’re full of shit.
I’ve always thought he and his father were kind of flakey. I agree that we shouldn’t have went into Iraq in the first place, but Obama is the one who let the situation degrade into chaos. He intentionally scuttled Iraq.
And if the Feds had replaced Saddam with a pro-US, Muzzie tyrant who would have been just as brutal this wouldn’t be happening.
You’re full of shit.
Buh Bye Rand, you barmy goofball.
This nut did not fall far from the tree.
Not to mention Eqypt had been stable for thirty years as well.
What an asshole.
Actually, the bad news is that I'm right.
If foreign affairs was a competitive sport, then George W. Bush would have won a gold medal.
In the Special Olympics.