George W. Bush Won’t Bash Obama On IraqBy: Lacy Langley - June 22, 2014
George W. Bush is taking the high road.
The former president could comment on Barack Obama’s weak foreign policy and blame that for the strengthening of terror groups and the rise of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
He could say “I told you so” to those who say he imagined Saddam Hussein had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), but he won’t.
He could even comment on Obama’s recent decision that there will be no sending of U.S. troops “back into combat”, despite the rising threat to the people of Iraq and major oil resources that are now being threatened.
But he won’t.
In the meantime, as ISIS continues to storm through Iraq, Obama is weighing his options.
“I’ll be reviewing those options in the days ahead,” Obama said on the White House South Lawn. “I do want to be clear, though. This is not solely, or even primarily, a military challenge.”
Now, ISIS forces are discovering chemical weapon stockpiles that were left behind in Saddam Hussein’s old stomping grounds and are trying to figure out how to use them if they can.
They have taken four cities just this weekend, and the weekend isn’t over. They overtook Rutba, Qaim, Rawah and Anah, as well as an important border crossing with Syria, which will allow them to more easily move large weapons and troops.
Obama has now deployed up to 300 military advisors and the likes of John Kerry, but still retains that he will send in no troops for the purpose. However, he has stated that he would possibly approve targeted strikes against ISIS and their allies should Baghdad request them.
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