Poor President Obama. He’s still cleaning up George W. Bush’s messes. If only he had more rags and Ajax.
A narrative is beginning to form that the Boston terrorists were lone actors angered by U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. You guessed it. Bush’s wars.
From the Washington Post:
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation, said Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed by police as the two attempted to avoid capture, do not appear to have been directed by a foreign terrorist organization.
Rather, the officials said, the evidence so far suggests they were “self-radicalized” through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has specifically cited the U.S. war in Iraq, which ended in December 2011 with the removal of the last American forces, and the war in Afghanistan, where President Obama plans to end combat operations by the end of 2014.
Here we go. I can hear Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi now, close to tears, lamenting the awful mistakes Bush made and the consequences that continue to roll in.
But of course, as the Washington Post notes, our current leader is coming to the rescue:
Obama has made repairing U.S. relations with the Islamic world a foreign policy priority.
The Post adds that Obama’s drone operations have nevertheless “inflamed Muslim public opinion.” So Obama’s not perfect – he does engage in some unproductive Bush-style tactics.
How about a mention that the wars also kept the terrorists pinned down for a decade, and now, they’re not?
The Tsarnaev brothers were radicalized by haters of all that is America and all that is not Muslim. Whatever the Tsarnaev’s particular motivations, it’s clear they were driven by hateful Islamist ideology that wants to strike us and will always find a reason to do so.
Remember, what supposedly irked Osama Bin Laden was our presence on the holy sands of Saudi Arabia. If it wasn’t that, it would have been our support for Israel. The older brother who drove the operation, Tamerlan, was an angry, radicalized Islamist. He would have found his reason whether we were in Iraq or not.
And remember, we’re out of Iraq. What was bothering him wasn’t Iraq, it was us.