I can’t believe it. That George W. Bush is still screwing up Obama’s presidency! The nerve of that fellow. Here he is out of office five and half years and you’d think he’d cut it out by now so Obama could go ahead and become like Abraham Lincoln or something but no Bush is still messing up everything.
It’s like, remember when Reagan used to say things would be great with his presidency if it weren’t for Jimmy Carter?
Oh, wait, Reagan didn’t say that. Just forget about that one.
Speaking to the troops today at MacDill Air Force Base, Obama seemed to accidentally admit that his decision to withdraw all of our forces from Iraq had something to do with the resurgence of our enemies there. But of course, it was actually Bush’s fault:
And the one thing we have learned is, is that when we do things alone and the countries — the people of those countries aren’t doing it for themselves, as soon as we leave we start getting into the same problems.
Way way wait wha?
So the reason Obama’s plan didn’t work is that Bush did things “alone” in Iraq. Except Bush went into Iraq with 48 nations contributing actual troops – a far sturdier multilateral force than Obama seems to be assembling against ISIS. In fact, Obama’s remarks today showed just how pitiful the effort is shaping up to be:
So we’ve got to do things differently. This is why we’ve spent the past several weeks building a coalition to aid in these efforts.
And because we’re leading in the right way, more nations are joining us. Overall, more than 40 countries so far have offered assistance to the broad campaign against ISIL. Some nations will assist from the air — and already France and the United Kingdom are flying with us over Iraq, with others committed to join this effort.
Some nations will help us support the forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. And already Saudi Arabia has agreed to host our efforts to train and equip Syrian opposition forces.
Australia and Canada will send military advisors to Iraq. German paratroopers will offer training. Other nations have helped resupply arms and equipment to forces in Iraq, including the Kurdish Pershmerga.
Saudi Arabia is giving us . . . real estate? The Germans, whose safety our troops ensure every day in Europe, is training people to jump out of airplanes? That’s it?
What does “flying with us” mean? Is the UK going to drop any bombs, or are they just looking out for flocks of migrating birds?
The Bush administration did its best to stand up some kind of Iraqi army, providing endless training and letting the Iraqis work with our troops. What’s more, Obama had four years to complete the process before he took us out of there.
Instead of leaving a force of several thousand behind, as his military advisors suggested and as we have done in other places where we won wars, Obama decided to withdraw all our troops and then campaigned on it in 2012. The day after our troops departed former Prime Minister Maliki started rounding up his opponents. Because that’s how people over their roll.
Today, other than failing to step up to the fight with U.S. troops – and giving ISIS years to attack the United States instead of ending this quickly – Obama isn’t doing anything novel here.
Except rewriting history.