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George W. Bush Being Blamed For ISIS Fiasco

    June 21, 2014
    Lacy Langley
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George W. Bush is facing refreshed criticism for his Mission Accomplished stance on terrorism because of recent events in Iraq. Some say Bush is to blame for the rise of ISIS in Iraq because he didn’t actually accomplish the mission of Iraqi invasion and the quelling of terrorist cells. In fact, only the first initial steps had been taken.

Even countries who were never run by George W. Bush are taking some pretty low shots at the former president. German newspaper Die Tageszeitung published the iconic picture of Bush in front of the “Mission Accomplished” banner with his head replaced with the head of the ISIS leader, Shaker Wahib. Obviously, they blame Bush for the reconvening of terrorist groups like ISIS.

However, that sentiment is not unanimous among the American people. Many blame Obama and his weak foreign policy for the perceived freedom that terrorist cells seem to enjoy among their home countries that would allow them to reassemble easily. And some might point at the recent ill-advised release of five major terrorist leaders from Guantanamo.

Some folks, like Donald Trump, are now criticizing Obama’s lackluster actions against the ever-expanding ISIS. Trump thinks we need to bust in while we can and seize oil production facilities before they can be destroyed or taken over.

Now that ISIS extremists have seized one of Saddam Hussein’s massive chemical weapon factories, some are saying that Bush should have pushed even harder in the controversial search for weapons of mass destruction during his presidency and those that insisted they didn’t exist may now have a little crow to eat.

Though the materials still exist in the somewhat hidden factory, experts say it will be hard for the forces of ISIS to do anything with them.

“We remain concerned about the seizure of any military site by the ISIL,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a written statement. “We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials.”

Though these experts say that weapons probably can’t be made with Hussein’s old materials, probably isn’t okay with most Americans who obviously remain a major target for these terrorists.

Who do you think is to blame for the recent rise of ISIS?

Image via Wikimedia Commons


  • kimdi01

    No body but Obama and his refusal to leave behind a large enough force to keep the intelligence at a high level and the army of Iraq trained as a cohesive fighting unit. Obama did not want to leave one person there and let every one know. With that in mind why not form an army and go in to take over the country, or at least the oil money be you ISIS, Iran, al Qaeda, Syria or the empty headed murdering buddies of Obama, the Islamist extremists.

    • Ms. Otis

      Why did we go there in the first place? Lost lives and the destruction of our own infrastructure and a big dent in our funds…We were told flat out before this mess started, you will NEVER get out of that place it is a hornets nest AND we went in anyway only to find out that we did not finish the job? We do need to leave the country we do not belong there, if you force democracy on a country you are kind of NOT living by the true definition of the word then are you? We cannot stay indefinitely…NO ONE WINS! How many lives (US and others) do we need to lose, as well as how much money should we keep spending? Neither has an endless supply… The army of Iraq was trained BUT they need to do their part as well. We have our own matters here that need the attention as well as the money being spent on this cluster.

      • KC614

        We went because of long term building intelligence dating back to the Clinton years and Hussein’s continued refusal to let inspectors do their job properly. “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”–President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

        “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
        –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

        “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
        –Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

        “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
        –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

        “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
        Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
        — Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

        “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
        -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

        “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
        — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

        “There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
        Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
        — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

        “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them.”
        — Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

        “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
        — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

        “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
        — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

        “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
        — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

        “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
        — Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

        “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
        — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

        “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
        — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

        “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do”
        — Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

        “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
        — Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

        “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.”
        — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

        “Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”
        — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

        • Kent Jenkins

          Good informative post KC

        • james henry

          How soon they forget

        • Mark Gruben

          ……but not a single Republican ever said anything along these lines? Of course they did. There’s blame enough to go around.

          • KC614

            Of course they did. My point is the revisionist history from Democrats is bullshit.

        • Vicki

          No, no and no AGAIN KC614. Your pitiful three comments are taken out of context and there is a mountain of google information that tells the story otherwise. You throw “revisionist history” around and assign it to us liberals… you are a hoot, my friend! Ain’t nothing better than the internet to blow your words into a million pieces.

          • KC614

            In what way are they taken out of “context”???? Don’t be stupid. History is very clear on the origins of this. Stop trying to revise it to suit your ideology.

          • CommonSense_NotCore

            Only a fool would take anything they glean from the Internet as gospel. What a cheap shot at an accurate post. What KC stated were facts with quotes from the Uber Liberals prior to the invasion of Iraq. The wimp POTUS a.k.a. BO not the Dog, it is too smart, has a yellow streak four feet wide down his spine. He is an imposter and a COWARD as he and HOLDER Bragged about in 2009. We the People are not Cowards. Our forefathers fought bravely and some gave all to ensure the Liberals had a right to try and convert or TRANSFORM our Country into a Socialist Empire.

      • Billber

        Ms. Otis you sound like a raving lunatic and your use of caps for emphasis is annoying. Every time a liberal uses “we can’t afford it” as their justification for our national security it makes my blood boil. Of course we needed to be in Iraq. I do agree with you that we should not be pushing democracy on people who are still living in the stone age. What we really needed to do was to convert that region into one extremely large parking lot. That said, the mess we have now is SQUARELY (did you like that?) on Obama’s desk. He is the most pathetic excuse for a leader the world has ever seen. When he took office Iraq was mostly stable. It isn’t stable now. They will be coming after us. Thanks B.O.

      • CommonSense_NotCore

        How much money has the Progressive/Socialist/Democrats starting with JFK pour into the Fight Poverty War? Trillions upon Trillions and now the entitlement payments to those whom never did anything to earn them is bankrupting the country.

    • Jesse Ramirez

      The Iraqi government didn’t agree to give immunity to US forces if some were left there. So it is not Obama’s fault but you right-wing nutcases love to blame everything on Obama!

      • Kent Jenkins

        When something acts , looks , and smells like poop I blame it , Bambi is a natural fit . So get back across the border where you belong Ramirez

        • Jesse Ramirez

          Hey IDIOT, i was born here! When someone writes, says and thinks STUPID chances are that person is STUPID! So go take your wacko pill and drink it down with your tea LOSER!

          • Kent Jenkins

            Hey idiot , you are a liar just like your socialist / Muslim Idol Bambi , so go smoke your choom and drink your koolaid .

          • Jesse Ramirez

            Hey MORON, you would not know a Socialist or a Muslim if he/she bit you on the ass! In what way did i lie? Does the truth hurt when i said you are an IDIOT? Or a LOSER? Or STUPID? Or all of the above?

          • Kent Jenkins

            I’m not going to let you bite me on the ass! to find out ,LIV

          • Jesse Ramirez

            See, i told you you would not know what a Socialist or a Muslim is since i’m not either of these, Kunt Junkins!

    • crybabyrepukes

      Obama gained office with the promise of getting out. He KEPT his promise, unlike the liar before him.

      • Kent Jenkins

        What promise did Bambi keep and what promise did Bush not keep , the only thing Bambi got out of was ever telling the truth .

        • Jesse Ramirez

          Hey Kunt Junkins, Bush Jr. lied abour his so-called “Compassionate Conservatism”. It was not even close!

        • Vicki

          I’ll tell you what promise Dubya didn’t keep to all of us here in the United States of American, Kent Jenkins. When he was sworn in as President of the United States, he swore to keep us safe. Instead of keeping us safe; however, he allowed his greed, his power, the allure of oil and money to overcome his promise and he broke his promise 4,468 times to mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, children, aunts and uncles who had to see their loved ones shipped back in a coffin and put in the ground. That’s a lot of fucking broken promises, let me tell you. especially if you’re the mother of a fallen soldier.

    • ReallyNow

      It was we, the people, that wanted an end to the Iraq war. The goals were to find the WMD’s and oust Saddam. No WMDs, but we did oust Saddam. Regardless of our differences, we wanted our soldiers out (way over 50% by the end). It is up to the government of Iraq to come up with a plan to stop ISIS, or ask for help (which it did). Blame Obama all you want; He did not start this war, but he saved American lives by bringing them home. Is it our job to fix the entire Middle East? If you believe so, then exercise your right to vote for a candidate that believes so, too. I believe that we have too many problems here, and that bombing the eff out of this country again is going to create even more hatred towards America. We’re all entitled to our opinions; just because we don’t all agree doesn’t mean we need hatred spewed.

  • JW

    This is a terrible article.

    Just one example: Instead of saying “Some folks, like Donald Trump, are now criticizing…” you simply say “Donald Trump is criticizing”. Unless you actually have other people on your list of sources being represented by Donald Trump.

    Anyway, who cares what Donald Trump thinks? Is he really the best source for an article on the ISIS uprising in Northern Iraq?

    And chemical weapons? Of course there are old chemical weapons facilities in Iraq. Saddam Hussein notoriously gassed his own people. But that was long ago.

    Why not educate yourself, Lacy, before trying to write a news article? This is embarrassing!

    • Jeff Olds

      we helped him build those chemical weapons facilities during the iran Iraq war

    • marbl

      Whatever Trump says, you can bet the opposite is the real truth.

  • James

    Lacy, hopefully this is not your day job.

  • Hoping for Better Days

    I blame Obama for portraying a weak USA and the liberal Democrats like Hairy Reid, who have done absolutely nothing. We are losing our country by the hands of Obama who is sympathetic to Muslims and Islamic extremists and wants to drag the USA down his socialistic path. God help us – and perhaps we might wake up and vote for those that can lead and not allow loud voices for the desperate to mask their ideology for this great country.

  • Johnny collini

    On a sadder note, the George W. Bush Memorial Library burned down today and both books were destroyed. What is even worse is that he hadn’t finished coloring the second one yet. If there was ever a war criminal, this is it!

    • Guest

      Shut the H E L L up already. If Johnson wasn’t tried for over 50,000 dead in Vietnam…who is prepared to try Bush? no one except imbeciles like you.

    • KC614

      At least Bush knew how to pronounce Marine Corpsmen. Obama thinks they are zombies. “Corpse men”

    • Kent Jenkins

      Obama masquerading as Johnny Collic

  • Bob Hunter

    In related news, George W. Bush has now been found responsible for World War I and World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the Spanish-American War, as well as the move by Lebron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat.

    Barry Soetero 0bama has been president for (too long) over 5 years, yet he’s not being held responsible for anything. The damage done by this Keynesian Muslim will be felt for generations to come. Thanks to this traitor future generations will grow up without understanding what American exceptionalism really is about.

  • strtcrnr

    UFB. The liberal media is a joke. They are so desperate to pass the buck on EVERYTHING. The total incompetence of the Obama administration is staggering. There are so many scandals going on with these people we don’t know what to focus on..

    • Stew DeCrabbe

      Whenever the right sees an article that has a negative opinion of a republican –the first thing they spout is –“the liberal media “! I am so freaking sick of the same old crap! Come on guys–get a new talking point that one that you haven’t overused so much! It has been used so much, is has become a punch line!

  • montymae

    Most ridiculous. If nothing else works, “Blame Bush”….Obama’s mantra.
    His lack of paying attention to what is going on rather than swinging a golf club is the whole blame. He knows not what he does, never has. what can you expect from a community organizer?

  • Duke615

    Nobody but “Progressive” imbeciles would lay all of the blame on George W. Bush. Of course, because of the arrogant stupidity of Rumsfeld, we invaded Iraq with insufficient military to conquer and HOLD Iraq. Mr. Obama comes in, certainly, with his share of the blame for the Iraq fiasco now.
    And, to “Hoping for Better Days”, we should GET OUT the White vote in 2014 and 2016, as Whites voted for Mr. Romney 59%-39% in 2012 But, in 2012, turnout by White voters was down by 4 million, compared to 2008, which was significant, which negated the 59% for Mr. Romney. And, incidentally, among White voters, Romney’s 59%-39% margin was the highest for a Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan’s reelection in 1984. (The Almanac of American Politics, 2014.)

  • riverrat

    For all those who blame Obama for pulling out all US troops,them I suggest picking up a gun, and going to Iraq and fighting ISIS!! But we all know you neo-cons are such pussies, you’ll never do it.

    • 194319441945

      That was really stupid. Did you make that up all by yourself?

    • Nancy Pelosi

      We are all right behind you comrade!!! Oh wait you probably have a phoney limp or are a jew lawyer. And a Yankee fan true asshole

      • riverrat

        I see you have your lips squarely up George W Bush’s ass.

      • Vicki

        Yuk! a racist, I might have known. Bleeechhh.

  • freeamericausa1 .

    For all of the constantly, mentally confused who refuse to accept truth in any form. The day George W. Bush stood on that aircraft carrier, with the “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” sign behind him, has been proven to be the work of the CREW of the ship, and a NAVY TRADITION Liberal Liars, and Fabricators simply cannot accept as truth. The SIGN was for the crew’s families to see. In how PROUD the crew was to finally be getting Home because “THEIR MISSION HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED” Anyone who still denies that has a Mental, Liberal Disease called LIES…for the sake of LIES.

    • Nancy Pelosi

      the leftist progressives would not know that as they never serves a day in their lives……Dan Rather should expose them…..

    • Stew DeCrabbe

      Excuses, excuses!!

    • Vicki

      Hardyyy, har, har, har!!! You are a riot!! Believe it or not, many of us were actually glued to our televisions the day this all “went down”, heard all the accolades for “Dubya”, etc. etc. etc. Gahhhh, it’s even on youtube, people. This is funny!!! Nice try, though.

  • Noam

    This ‘punk’ is a WAR CRIMINAL…!

    • Kent Jenkins

      Bambi’s never been in the service , but as CINC I guess you could call him that

      • Stew DeCrabbe

        Technically, neither was Bush–Only if you accept protecting Alabama from the Viet Cong (part time). service

  • 194319441945

    I read in the Bible that George W Bush killed Jesus! Its amazing how the current administration fails to take any responsibility for anything and only learns about the problems on the news.

    • Nancy Pelosi

      He not only killed Jesus, but broke the tablet with commandments 11 -15 on it, and his environmental policies allowed the flood when Noah built the Ark.

  • Sydney Gottlieb

    The list of liberal dems that went public with their support for going after Saddam because of WMD’s is huge. Slick Willy Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Henry Waxman, Bob Graham, Carl Levin, Al Gore, and many, many others either spoke or wrote about Saddam and his WMD and using chemicals on the Kurds. This is the kind of BS the dems still resort to because Obozo and his team of Branch Barackians are so over their heads. They came to power like an emperor taking the throne and have stayed with that tactic. But even Obozo’s six months experience as a senator didn’t help him much with world issues. What a huge and avoidable mess this all is now. Oh where, oh where are you Joe Wilson, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you!

    • Vicki

      oh my god, really, seriously people??? The “liberals” supported a war against Iraq based on false information – lies – by Dubya’s administration that there were vast arsenals of Weapons of Massive Destruction and we were told the United States of America was in extreme danger because of this. I remember every television interview by Cheny and Bush, both of whom repeated this mantra, over and over and over again. Easy to youtube. Nice try, Sydney Gottlieb but this had NOTHING to do with Saddam using chemicals on the Kurds. He’d done that for years and we didn’t interfere. No, Dubya and Cheney told the American people that we – US! – the United States of America was at risk because of the vast arsenal of weapons of mass destruction at Saddam’s hands. Easy, once again, to youtube their interview saying this. Our commander-in-chief lied to his senate and house and, based on those lies, decisions were made to invade Iraq. Every liberal you mentioned above was LIED TO by Dubya and Cheny… they were led to believe our country could be attacked by weapons of mass destruction from Iraq and they voted to protect our fine country and citizens. That was a good and noble thing to do; unfortunately, it was based on lies and deceit. They were never given the opportunity to know the actual truth so we’ll never know how they might have voted otherwise. and, oh dear God with the John Wilson… get over yourself.

      • Sydney Gottlieb

        Really everyone was lied to and they ALL believed those lies, even those on the Intelligence Committee? Wow, I hope no one is trying to sell them the Brooklyn Bridge or swamp land in Nevada. Still so easy to blame others who don’t think just like you it reduces your cognitive dissonance significantly. Drink some more special kool-aid and use your Branch Barackian chant, “he is the messiah, he is the messiah.” It will help you vote for the next candidate with good oratory skills, but no actual experience or understanding of the world.

  • ROGER DOGER

    why not he started all this crap.

    • Tim

      along with the democratically controlled congress and the emotional approval of Hillary, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, etc….. or did you forget that little point ??

      • VICKI

        ummmm, ‘scuse me but the democrats in the controlled congress- and all those names you mention above -were told by Dubya and Cheny that there were arsenals of weapons of mass destruction readily available at the hands of Saddam Hussein and that our country was in dire danger of being attacked by said weapons of mass destruction. This, of course, coming up fairly shortly after the TRUE, AUTHENTIC, REAL attack by Al-Qquieda on September 11 that destroyed the twin towers and killed countless people, leaving us all in fear. Cheny (Halliburton – made billions during the Iraq war, by the way) and Dubya deliberated fed on their citizens fears, deliberately manipulated all our fine citizens into believing Saddam Hussein was part of AlQueida and had weapons that would destroy us. IT WAS ALL A LIE. THEY MADE IT UP. DID YOU FORGET THAT LITTLE POINT???

    • Nancy Pelosi

      the democratic congress had to approve the Iraq war, so they could read the bill so they can find out what was in it

  • Barry M. Duggan

    STOP blaming George– do the responsible thing or go home to your commie momma.

    • Nancy Pelosi

      only ’cause he is not sure who his daddy be

    • Vicki Coggins

      And that commie momma be Barbara Bush

  • Nancy Terrell

    Cheney and Bush are totally to blame. Obama has many faults but invading Iraq with no plan as to how to establish an infrastructure is the cause of all of the problems. Plus the Shiites and Sunni Muslim tribes have been fighting for 2,000 years and from the looks of things they will continue for the next 2,000. Our intervention will never settle these religious wars and it is absurd to think it will.

  • KC614

    The only people blaming Bush are Obama sycophants.

    • Stew DeCrabbe

      That is not true! I didn’t vote for Obama–but I do blame Bush! I am a realist!

      • KC614

        How is Bush responsible for this? This is a direct result of OBama botching the ending. If you blame Bush for us getting into it, then you must likewise blame the prevailing intelligence and belief even prior to Bush. Let me help refresh your memory. “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”–President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

        “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
        –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

        “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
        –Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

        “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
        –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

        “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
        Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
        — Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

        “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
        -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

        “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
        — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

        “There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
        Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
        — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

        “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them.”
        — Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

        “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
        — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

        “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
        — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

        “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
        — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

        “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
        — Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

        “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
        — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

        “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
        — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

        “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do”
        — Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

        “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
        — Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

        “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.”
        — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

        “Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”
        — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

        • Vicki Coggins

          KC614, nothing, absolutely NOTHING you’ve posted makes any sense. You lead in to your post with the question, “How is Bush responsible for this?” You don’t give you reasons why he’s not responsible but then go on to assign responsibility to Obama because he botched the “ending” The ending of what? And you’re not refreshing any memories with vague quotes that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. And not only that, these quotes were made fifteen years ago…. so what’s your point?

          • KC614

            It makes perfect sense for people with common sense since Bush has not been president for 6 years. He wasn’t the one who left without leaving behind and security team. He did not totally dismantle the intelligence structure which would allowed us to see this coming. Barack Obama did all that. How is that hard for you to comprehend exactly? My point with the quotes is to merely show that the Democratic narrative is bullshit. Nothing more. Politicians on both sides were for going there and the intelligence pre dates Bush. If there is anything else I can clear up for you like what color the sky is, let me know.

  • Eric Weaver

    Next they will blame him forthe IRS losing their emails

    • Nancy Pelosi

      no that was Cheney

  • Nancy Pelosi

    I bet when there is a problem building the Obama library he will find a way to blame President Bush 43 for that too. What at catastrophic failure he has been

    • Vicki Coggins

      Why, Nancy Pelosi…. the tone of your post sounds as if President Obama blames President Bush for Bush’s abysmal tenure as a two-term President… a tenure which bottomed out our economy, after inheriting a solid economy, and put us in a horrific depression, a tenure which saw historic high rates of unemployment, lack of jobs, a tenure that included getting into a war based on lies/dishoneties/greed/oil…. end result being we lost over 4,400 brave soldiers who died for NOTHING… NOTHING. NADA. ZILCH. Senseless, tragic deaths. You ARE RIGHT, though, when you characterize Dubya’s precedence as the catastrophic failure that it was. We can agree on that!

  • alyce1213

    You’re ranting again. Take you meds and a long nap.

  • darren joseph

    Well that is he (and Cheney) are to blame for the Iraq and Afghanistan Quagmires we’re stuck with. As well as Permanent $4 dollar a gallon gas,..the gift that just keeps on giving

  • todd

    Why is it okay to blame Bush for what happens on Obama’s clock, but it isn’t okay to blame Clinton for 9/11, the dotcom bubble bursting, and the housing crisis?

    • Stew DeCrabbe

      Clinton didn’t ignore the memo that they were ready to strike America!

      • Vicki

        there was no such memo.

        • Stew DeCrabbe

          Ben Laden plans to blow up destinations in US. Condi GAVE the memo to W. and he ignored it!

    • Vicki Cggins

      uhhh, and just exactly how you blame 9/11 on Clinotn..

  • John Clancy

    The ISIS mess lies squarely on the shoulders of the jackel now in the WH. This nation is in desparate need of a pro American, competent leader. No affirmative action trained candidates or anyone too stupid to pass the DC Bar need apply.

    • Vicki

      You are truly a funny, funny man, John Clancy. I love your humor.

  • james henry

    Laughable

  • crybabyrepukes

    OF COURSE it goes back to Bush. The useless President went into Iraq for no reason. LIED to the world. HE only did it to avenge his daddy’s failures.
    And now, we’re living with Bush’s failure x10. He’s also a war criminal. And I WISH Obama went after him when he first became President. Bush and Cheney should be held in a federal prison.

    • Stew DeCrabbe

      Bingo! Love your name!

    • Vicki

      They should be tried as war criminals. If nothing else, just to serve justice to the parents who lost their precious children in this bullshit war.

  • Stew DeCrabbe

    When Donald “the rug” Trump sends his own snotty sons to war–then he should not tell us to send our sons to war! What a marroon!

  • rob

    This muslim garbage has been fighting each other since the beginning of time and they will continue forever. ISIS is no ones fault. It sickens me to think that we are going to jump right back in to help in a religious war. On a side note, what kind of muslim garbage is the one that likes the infadels?
    Rob

    • Vicki

      I would not refer to a muslim as “garbage” but I get what you’re saying, Rob, and it’s true. The Iraq citizens have been living their lives in the Middle East for over 2000 years, engaging in religious skirmishes the entire 2000 years, off and on. Who are WE to think we know better than them and force our way in to try and make them “better?” Or more like us… or whatever the hell reason Dubya and Cheny got us in there for. Makes me sick.

  • Greg Biltz

    I wouldn’t blame Obama, or even Bush, really. Those people have been warring for thousands of years. They will go on until the end of time. As bad as Saddam was, he ruled with an iron fist, and put enough fear in the people, that they mostly stayed in line. We opened a can of worms when we took him out. Big mistake.

    • Vicki

      I completely agree with you, Greg Biltz, except for the part that you don’t blame Bush. Bush/Cheney.. that administration made a decision, based on lies and deceit, that caused the deaths of over 4000 American soldiers, and who-knows-how-many innocent Iraquis. Their criminal decisions left Iraq in complete disarray with no hope of recovery. I blame Bush and think he should be tried as a war criminal.

      • Greg Biltz

        I did state that wrong I guess. I did blame Bush at the time. Still do, too.

  • v f

    Obama didn’t do the exit right. That’s not Bush’s fault. At some point, Obama fans will have to blame Obama for what he’s done.

    • Vicki Coggins

      Good grief, v f…. how difficult is this for you to understand???? Obama would never have had to even deal with an exit if Bush hadn’t gotten us into this illegal war to begin with. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING OBAMA DOES AT THIS POINT IS GRAVY, ICING ON THE CAKE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP. Whoop!!

  • Marley

    When Clinton and Bush left office, I feared for the U.S.’s security from within and without our borders. I didn’t trust that Obama had the same belief system about remaining a threat to our enemies. To blame Bush is probably what our current administration would like to have happen, but remember those other pointing fingers go right back to them.

  • lindy west

    Plenty of blame to go around here, unfortunately it currently is and will always be a no win situation. At least we (currently) are not sending anymore troops back over there, but it is a travesty that so many lives were ruined in the first place. I understand why the need to go in the first place, but it does not make it any easier to digest the casualties and the resurgence of more and the same today.

  • rbprice

    Wild-eyed leftist progressives will never stop blaming GWB for all their failures. Even on this page, the mantra has started. They are very good at accusations and very poor in their solutions to international problems. I can see them in my minds eye even now, sitting in their basements, preparing, ready to unleash their mudslinging on anyone who has the unmitigated gall to disagree with their “infallible” pronouncements. Spare us your nonsense and obfuscations.

    • Vicki

      Whoa there, reprice! You’re giving a lot more leverage to us “wild-eyed leftist progressives” than we deserve. First of all, the wild-eyed leftist progressives moved from their basements to their mom’s dining room table years ago. It has give us a much better space to snort the vast amounts of cocaine we need in order to work ourselves into a frenzy of unmitigated gall so we can disagree with your “infallible” pronouncements.l

  • TrueAmerican

    Bush hasn’t been president for going on 6 years. Get a new excuse for Obama’s failures you morons.

  • Rob

    Bush will go down as the worst president in this countries history and he knows it.

  • Robert Carvo

    When will people stop blaming GW Bush for everything when he has been out of office for over 5 years?When does anything become Obummas fault?

  • bigfoot

    For the Press and their unintelligent followers – the ” Mission Accomplished” phase is commonly used for a ship on long deployment that has returned to home port . The press blew this way out of proportion.
    Maybe we should not have overthrown a dictator that was killing his people – that is almost 10 years ago . When will the babies in charge now take responsibility for their own screw ups . We are now faced with lack of leadership and a political agenda that has weakened this country .

  • joseph benjamin

    oil-only oil—and haliberton