Self-described “Democratic Socialist” Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attacked former President George W. Bush on Sunday, blaming his administration for the rise of ISIS, the Washington Times reports.
“This is an enormously complicated issue. We are here today because of the disastrous blunder of the Bush-Cheney era, which got us into this war in Iraq in the first place, which then developed the can of worms that we’re trying to deal with right now.”
Sanders, like other Leftists, do not seem to get it.
The problem with this argument was that Bush had actually defeated terror. The United States liberated both Afghanistan and Iraq, from oppressive rule, eliminated the safe haven for terrorists in Afghanistan, rid the Iraqi people of brutal dictatorship and brought freedom and democracy to a part of the world. A part of the world that is consumed with a backwards culture, that keeps little girls from going to school and kills gay people (Sharia law).
Sanders forgets that the Bush administration negotiated a Status Forces Agreement with Iraq that would have kept residual forces behind. It was the Obama administration that pulled out of Iraq, after top U.S. generals told him not to, in order to score political points with the Anti-War Left crowd and win re-election. This lack of competence, and responsibility, left Iraq vulnerable to terror attacks, and ultimately, falling back into the hands of terrorists.
The rise of the Islamic State starts in Syria, where the Obama administration’s lack of action to help the Free Syrian Army originally overthrow the oppressive Assad regime led to the Middle East power vacuum. This lack of action inspired the rise of radical terror groups to take over control of the fight in Syria. ISIS stems from Syria, where Islamic extremists have taken over.
Sanders also talked about how he doesn’t want the U.S. to be dragged into a “perpetual war.”
ISIS has declared war on all of the Western World. Sorry Mr. Marx – I mean, Sanders.
We are at war. Either we beat them or they beat us.