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George W. Bush and Neocons Vindicated
American Thinker, by David Paulin

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Posted By:magnante, 6/18/2014 8:46:47 AM

Former President George W. Bush is remaining mum on the tragedy unfolding in Iraq. But as an army of bloodthirsty Islamists rampages across Iraq with the goal of establishing a 7th century religious tyranny -- a caliphate -- it´s worth recalling who years ago had predicted this would happen if the Democrats got their way. It was President George W. Bush and his top officials. They warned early on that Iraq was ripe for the rise of an Islamic caliphate -- either in a failed state created by Saddam Hussein or, they later contended, if the U.S.-led coalition bugged out without leaving

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 6/18/2014 8:56:06 AM     (No. 9890475)

0bama and his disasterous administration were swept into office on a wave of an unprecedented eight year smear campaign against Bush conducted by the America MSM at the behest of a radical leftist Democrat party.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mark34, 6/18/2014 9:26:39 AM     (No. 9890520)

It´s a perversion of logic to say that Bush is vindicated by what´s happening in Iraq now, when it was his actions (the invasion of Iraq in 2003) that caused the disintegration and violence that has gripped Iraq since the invasion.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 6/18/2014 9:40:21 AM     (No. 9890540)

The overthrow of Saddam and his terror state was just one of many achievements in what had been a comprehensive, long-term strategy in what Bush/Cheney and the "neocons" rightly identified as "The Long War" against militant Islam which was quite successful as far as it got. Does anyone think the Iranian Green Revolution and Arab Spring were just happenstance? No, they were opportunities created by our victories to further that strategy, but 0bama squandered those opportunities by doing a complete 180.......and here we are.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Clinger, 6/18/2014 10:42:13 AM     (No. 9890623)

Tinkering in nation-state building is like attempting to overrule free market economic forces. The natural alliances, common interests, and deep seated animosity and hatred will not evaporate in a generation let alone a 4 to 8 year term. It can be done but it requires extreme measures. We never had the resolve to go to those extremes and they would require us to stray from our values. The Soviet Union was not lacking in resolve nor were they guided by principles that prevented them from keeping a lid on the Balkans.

That said I was surprised at how well it was working in Iraq and regardless of what I and others may think about going in under either Bush, we just turned a dicey situation into an unmitigated disaster.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 6/18/2014 11:22:03 AM     (No. 9890685)

Vindicated.

Other than the fact there was no immediate need or justification to invade Iraq to begin with.

The Iraq invasion was supposedly part of the War On Terror response to the 9/11 attacks by 19 muslim hijackers.

But none of the hijackers was Iraqi or connected to Iraq.

Fully 15 of the 19 were Saudi Arabian and the training and financing were largely sourced from Saudi Arabia or Saudi Arabians.

So why invade Iraq but not Saudi Arabia?

We all know the main reasons.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Ray of Sunshine, 6/18/2014 12:49:48 PM     (No. 9890843)

As the article stated...and don´t forget all the resulting political critics, all in fact are on record as voting for or supported the Iraqi invastion

"A little history is worth recalling. Saddam´s failure to account for his weapons of mass destruction, including remnants of his toxic arsenal (some of which was in fact found), gave the Bush administration legal cover for going into Iraq. But only a fool would believe weapons of mass destruction were the only reason for the war. The U.S.-led invasion, or liberation, was in fact part of a vision to remake the Middle East: a long-term project to liberate millions in Iraq; nudge the region toward modernity; and above all make America safer in a post-9/11 world -- all by correctly defining who the enemy was and taking the war on terror to them."

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