With Iraq rapidly falling apart, it’s fairly indisputable to anybody with critical thinking and comprehension skills that George W. Bush will easily go down as one of the worst presidents in United States history. Long-term success in Iraq was about the only thing I think he felt might have saved his legacy. I think he hoped that thirty years from now we’d all look back and say, “Well it took a while, but looking at the success of Iraq as a free democracy in the Middle East, the Iraq War was ultimately worth it.”
Well, with ISIS threatening a complete takeover of Iraq, those hopes are now long gone. Because even if Iraq turns into a strong democracy down the line, it won’t be because of the actions of George W. Bush. His “plan” ultimately did nothing more than destabilize the nation, which is what has allowed for these ISIS Islamic radicals to gain control of many parts of the country.
And now it’s left up to President Obama to clean up yet another disaster caused by the Bush administration.
But hey, if you just think I’m some “radical left-wing liberal” who’s always trying to blame everything on George W. Bush, you don’t have to take my word on it.
Just ask ultra-conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. During a segment on Fox News Sunday, Ingraham admitted that Iraq is far worse off now than before and Bush’s policies are the reason why.
Ingraham was asked by Chris Wallace if she agreed with President Obama’s decision to order airstrikes in Iraq.
“It’s really hard, I don’t think you can judge how he did right now,” Ingraham answered. “We’re almost in an impossible situation. The America people really have no appetite for America to reengage. They don’t want us to go into Syria.”
“He’s now reluctantly seeing the perils of inaction,” she continued. “If we do nothing here, then what? I mean, let’s say Iraq does fall, which I think is a possibility. Iraq may fall. If, indeed, there are no boots are the ground, not going to happen, can’t happen.”
She then went on to say, “I don’t know if there’s a good solution right now, which is a horrible thing to say for the United States of America.”
Then the real truth of the whole matter came out.
“We tried to do all these things in Iraq, now Iraq is worse off!” she insisted. “I mean, I hate to say that, but Iraq is worse than before we went in to Iraq. Christians are gone, there’s no sense of order at all. Saddam Hussein is gone. That’s a good thing, but what’s left? A more emboldened Islamic state.”
She said essentially what many liberals have been saying for years. The Bush administration’s incompetence in Iraq actually ending up turning the country into the threat that it never was before.
Saddam was a bad guy – nobody is denying that – but he wasn’t a threat to anyone but his own people. But now with the country destabilized, their weak government has allowed for radical militants to seize control of many parts of Iraq. And an Iraq controlled by ISIS is a legitimate threat.
But isn’t all of this just the icing on the “cake” known as the Bush presidency? After all is said and done, the lie he told about Iraq being a threat back in 2003 has ultimately turned out to be true. Though it’s not because of Saddam Hussein, but because of Bush’s own incompetence.
Watch Ingraham’s comments below via Fox News: