This is one from last week, which everyone missed. It’s an exchange in the White House briefing room between a reporter and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
Q Jeb Bush said yesterday that “ISIS didn’t exist when my brother was President.” He has a point, doesn’t he?
MR. EARNEST: No, I don’t think that he does. We’ve sort of been through the history here.
Q ISIS didn’t exist when his brother was President.
MR. EARNEST: Well, again, I think that’s missing the point, actually. But I’ll allow others to critique his position.
Q I mean, what about that, though? I mean, ISIS — the larger point there is that because the President decided to complete a full withdrawal from Iraq — and of course we can go back and debate the circumstances around that, but you didn’t have the status forces agreement with the Iraqi’s that you wanted to have and so forth — that that vacuum allowed ISIS to develop into the threat to this country and to that region that they are today. Isn’t there something to that?
MR. EARNEST: No, there’s not. Because, again, the outgrowth of — we know that ISIL was an outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq that did not exist prior to the fateful decision made by the previous administration to launch an invasion of that country. And that is also a relevant fact.
Gosh. Maybe Bush in turn should have blamed Woodrow Wilson for the way he helped redraw the map of the Middle East after World War I.