Third Time's the Charm! Rightbloggers Ready to Return to Iraq -- Or At Least Complain That Obama Isn't
But the latest bad news from Iraq -- victories by the militant ISIS group as demoralized Iraqi Government soldiers desert and flee -- seems to have cheered them up. Not that they want the people of Iraq to suffer -- well, actually, they don't give a shit what happens to them. It's the Obama Administration they hope will suffer at least collateral damage, and to that end they tell America that Iraq was doing great until you-know-who messed it up.
After the happy statue-topping invasion back in '03, America occupied Iraq for years, and by the time we formally withdrew in 2011 under an agreement between the Bush Administration and the Government of Iraq, both were more than ready to be shut of the collaboration that had wrecked Iraq and cost us thousands of casualties, over $2 trillion, and, arguably, the respect of the civilized world.
Yet when the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) -- like Al Qaeda, only worse -- made their big territorial gains in Iraq versus hapless local military forces, the brethren knew it called for a strong, decisive response -- on their blogs and against Democrats.
They had plenty of high-profile help. Anyone who was paying attention in 2001-2003 will probably remember at least some of the feebs and fraudsters who got us into Iraq, and last week they came slithering back to blame the ongoing Iraq disaster on President Obama. For example, Doug Feith, the Bush advisor who downplayed the risks of invasion and later blamed Colin Powell for the ensuing clusterfuck, told Politico, "The president didn't take seriously the warnings of what would happen if we withdrew..." Amazingly, he wasn't talking about Bush.
What a sissy! A real President would have committed his nation to at least eight years of war. (Via.)
Kenneth Pollack, who in 2003 thought Saddam Hussein was about to get nuclear weapons, went to the Wall Street Journal to tell us "since the height of Iraq's political-military fortunes in 2009-10, the U.S. has squandered and surrendered most of its influence," and that the U.S. should respond with "drone strikes, weapons, reconnaissance assets, targeting assistance, improved and expanded training for his forces, even manned airstrikes" (though in return for this aid, we should require of the Maliki government some constitutional reforms. Democracy Whiskey Sexy!)
Partner-in-war-crime Tony Blair told reporters this all could have been avoided with another Middle East invasion. Shit, even Paul Fucking Wolfowitz was on the Sunday shows, suggesting we should have maintained a presence in Iraq like we have in South Korea -- for 60 years. At least.
And John McCain, whose highlight reel of Iraq bullshit is quite impressive (and who appeared to applaud the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in 2010), was telling every news show host who'd have him (and for some reason there were plenty) that "we basically had the country pacified... we had the conflict won" before Obama ruined it, and now we needed to go back in with air strikes before ISIS nine-elevens us. Rightbloggers who normally denounce McCain as a RINO ate that up: "McCain Destroys 'Confused' Sam Stein [on MSNBC]," whooped the Washington Free Beacon; "Sen. John McCain Stands Up To Liberal 'Morning Joe' Panel," beamed Laura Flint of NewsBusters. (Flint added, "[Mika] Brzezinksi might as well be asking, 'how long will you heartless Republicans keep trying to send American troops off to die in wars the Bush administration started?'" which at this point would seem to be a legitimate question.)
Several rungs down from this exalted level, rightbloggers did their bit to spread the message that the Iraq War was totally won until Obama messed it up. They took a variety of approaches.
Jim Hoft of Progressives Today, among others, took the Dolchstoßlegende-for-Dummies approach: "George Bush Brought Democracy to Iraq - Barack Obama Brought ISIS." In 2005, Hoft told us, Bush was responsible for many pictures of cute girls in hijabs with inked fingers -- remember how much everyone loved them? But flash forward from 2005 to 2014 -- skipping a lot of unpleasant history -- and Obama created ISIS. "Actions have consequences," said Hoft at the end, though we're not sure what he meant -- maybe that reading him will make you stupid?