Saturday, May 16, 2015

No Time For Second Guessing: It Was Still Right To Liberate Iraq

The Democrat Media Complex is still arguing about the Iraq War some 12 years after the 2003 invasion, so much so that their big question for the 2016 GOP Presidential Field is this:
Knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq?
Rand Paul was opposed to the invasion, but others (Ted Cruz, Scott Walker) have said they wouldn't. Jeb Bush tripped all over himself before saying he would not have.

Problem is, they had no business answering that question, because if you're going to rely on second guesses or Monday morning quarterbacking to make decisions, you probably should not be running for President. Leadership involves making tough decisions you do have, not by wishing you had a crystal ball or a time machine to look into the future.

With that said, if I were running for President, I would say that it still was the right thing to do. That does not mean mistakes were made and that perhaps "nation building" is not a good policy to have.

Consider the fact we had just undergone the 9/11 attacks. For the previous 10 years, Saddam Hussein had a record of hostility toward the US, our allies, and his neighbors. He had not been forthcoming with weapons inspectors and was suspected for years of reactiving his WMD programs.

This wasn't something George W. Bush just dreamed up, here's Bill Clinton souldning Dubya'esque back in February 1998. Regime change in Iraq was our government's policy as of 1998.

Hussein was suspected of harboring terrorists based on past actions. ABC News (not Fox News) back in 1999 even theorized Osama bin Laden was being courted by Saddam Hussein.

And, after the invasion happened, there were WMD's found, but thanks to Karl Rove, this evidence was not used to put down the liberal Democrat partisans who wanted to lose a war for the sole purpose of humiliting then-President Bush because of their lingering resentment over the outcome of Election 2000.

What the Iraq war also did, was bring out these al-Queda, Islamofascist fighters from the mountains of Afghanistan into an area where they could not hide. The Bush doctrine of going after rogue states also put the fear of God into Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, who gave up his WMD programs voluntarily because of our action in Iraq and neutralized him as a future threat.

Were mistakes made? Yes, in any war, mistakes are made. We changed course in 2007 with the Petraeus surge and it worked. The problem was, the peace was lost by Obama and Clinton, who couldn't wait to get the US out, and thus created the vaccum filled by the "JV team" known as ISIS.

But will any of these "journalists" (I use that term loosely) ask Hillary Rotten Clinton about her vote authorizing force in Iraq in 2002?

Even still, will they ask Hillary if she stands by her and Obama's decision to remove Qaddafi in Libya?

That humorous Clintoon foreign policy moment led directly to the attack on Benghazi on September 11, 2012, and the place where ISIS savages have beheaded middle-eastern Christians.

So instead of relitigating the Iraq War, the GOP contenders need to focus on the foreign policy failures of the cun-and-run pajama boys who have been emboldening our enemies and made the US look like an unreliable ally in world affairs.

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