George W. Bush’s Head Cheerleader For The Iraq War Forgets What Year The War Started

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Ari Fleischer, the White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush during the early years of the Iraq War. took to Twitter on Friday to help conservatives pin the blame on Obama for the recent surge of violence in Iraq. The Sunni-led extremist group ISIS recently seized Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, causing upheaval and disarray in the country. The chances of large-scale sectarian violence in the country are likely. Based on these recent events, Republicans, and specifically neocons, have taken this opportunity to criticize and blame President Obama for the chaos in the country, specifically pointing to the decision to remove all American troops from Iraq in 2011.

Fleischer, who was the Bush Administration’s head cheerleader in the run-up to and early days of the war, sent a number of tweets on Friday, criticizing the current President. Essentially, Fleischer took the same tact that the rest of the warmongering right has taken the past 24 hours, which is to complain that Obama didn’t leave troops in Iraq indefinitely. Fleischer also appeared to complain about the fact that the US hasn’t taken military action against Syria and Iran. Overall, it was typical Monday morning quarterbacking from someone who absolutely knows that Americans have no appetite for large-scale military action across the globe. The reason he should know is that his former boss caused that war fatigue with two open-ended wars of choice.

During the course of Fleischer’s string of Iraq-related tweets, the former White House Press Secretary sent the following one out:



Sigh. The Iraq War actually began in 2003.  After Talking Points Memo called him out on this, Fleischer tried to blame it on hitting the ‘wrong key.’ Just like his old boss, Fleischer isn’t really keen on that whole accountability thing.

Even if we take Fleischer at his word, and allow that he made a simple typo, it still takes a lot of brass to criticize this current administration for the issues that were completely created by the actions of the previous administration, especially when you were a key member of that former staff. Fleischer’s job was to sell the public on the Iraq War and tell them that we’d be greeted as liberators, that there would be no residual violence or destabilization of the region due to this conflict, that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and it was necessary to invade the country and about a million other lies. Now, more than a decade later, Fleischer and the other ghosts of Christmas past decide to speak up and complain that Obama wasn’t able to wave a magic wand and make right all of the chaos they created.

Matt Gertz at Media Matters for America highlighted the media’s unwillingness to hold pundits accountable for their past actions and statements. Someone like Fleischer is willing to fire shots from the peanut gallery. Of course, he isn’t willing to talk about his role in the events, which is why he conveniently states that we should only look at Iraq from the troop surge of 2007 on. Just like Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, John McCain and Condi Rice, his statements should not be given any credence whatsoever. He is part of a group that led this nation into an unnecessary war which is directly responsible for the ongoing violence in that region. His comments, as well as the comments of other neocons, have absolutely no credibility.


25 Replies to “George W. Bush’s Head Cheerleader For The Iraq War Forgets What Year The War Started”

  1. He forgot????

    I am sure family members who lost their love ones in this foolish war didn’t forget.

  2. In the meantime McCain keeps making the rounds of the TV outlets, and I have to say, someone should evaluate his mental health, I think an early case of Alzheimers, although MSNBC last night played clips of him during the Iraq war, not only were they all wrong they were all out of cloud cuckoo land.

  3. Maybe 2002 was when they decided they were going to war come hell or high water, and started concocting how to sell it to the masses. @sshole.

  4. The savvy Americans knew to make sure Nasty and whats her name running mate were defeated in 2008.

    This man is a risk to self and other, and need to spend his twilight years in a rubber room for his protection from harming himself and others.

  5. No my friend the neo cons who came to dominate the judicial coup which was the Cheney presidency concocted this bovine excrement back in 1997

    Never forget PNAC. The same blood thirsty sociopaths that are licking the blood of other peoples children for another war

    The Project for the New American Century.
    The People versus the Powerful is the oldest story in human history. At no point in history have the Powerful wielded so much control. At no point in history has the active and informed involvement of the People, all of them, been more absolutely required.

  6. I wish someone would call out Bush for all of this Iraq craziness. He has gotten a pass for to long.

  7. These people just aren’t happy if they’re not bombing the hell out of somebody are they?

    History will not look kindly upon the Bush Administration and they know it. I’m sorry, but making the decision to go into Iraq will go down as one of the biggest blunders in politics.

  8. Heard McCain this evening talking about how IF, the Iss what ever takes over Iraq, what a danger they would be to the US.
    Even IF, they do take over Iraq, Iraq still has no air force, no navy and only one sea port. It really is a land locked nation. So Mr. McCain, explain just how they will reach us? They have no missiles or missile launchers, besides Iraq did not want us to stay, also most American are very tired of being called on finanece wars,to send our young men and Women to fight for nations that do not fight for them selves.

  9. Looking at Iraq from 2007 on is like looking at attacks on America from September 12, 2001 on (which is EXACTLY the way cheeney talks about it). These Iraq warmongers make me sick. It makes me want to quote Welch from the McCarthy hearings to them – “you’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
    Followed by what Welch said on leaving the hearing – “If there is a God in heaven, it will do neither you nor your cause any good!”

  10. #1. You cannot leave soldiers in a country who has said they don’t want them there and refuses to sign any agreement for leaving them there.
    #2. The Sunnis and Shiite have been warring for over 13 Centuries.
    Leaving our troops over there would do absolutely NOTHING to change that.
    #3. Let IRAN deal with ISIS. They have been providing arms to the war in Syria, and these jihadists have gotten their hands on them.
    Iran has been backing Malaki and his crooked government.
    What goes around comes around.

  11. How can he forget this lying war mongering POS
    Judith Miller Is Apparently Still Allowed To Talk About Iraq On Television

    For those not old enough this is a must read. For those who remember, the end is near when she is allowed anywhere to voice an opinion on anything

    The Source of the Trouble
    Pulitzer Prize winner Judith Miller’s series of exclusives about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq—courtesy of the now-notorious Ahmad Chalabi—helped the New York Times keep up with the competition and the Bush administration bolster the case for war. How the very same talents that caused her to get the story also caused her to get it wrong.

  12. I heard McBlame go on and on about hiring the old warmonging crew. He said that we were winning the war, if we would have just stayed a little longer. Oblivious to the fact that it was Dumbya’s timeline President Obama used. Besides, I thought it was over when the “mission accomplished” banner was hung.

  13. No-bama is a weak and mindless president if he doesn’t go into Iraq. Bush and the great leaders around him had already shown No-bama where all the weapons are, as well as how to accomplish the mission.

  14. The only thing I have ever thought about, the former #43’s, Fleischer… liar…liar, pants on fire. Anything that person says, is to held as suspect.

  15. Either you are being sarcastic, or you are the dumbest, most clueless person on the planet. I am betting on sarcasm, because no one could be that clueless.

  16. The toxic combination of lies in order to induce support of this ill-advised war and the abysmal ignorance about Iraq means that key members of GW’s administration have an enormous amount of blood on their hands. So many Americans and troops from the “willing coalition,” along with Iraqis lost their lives needlessly. They were sacrificed to greed and a personal need for revenge on GW’s part. The idea that American and other troops would be greeted as “liberators” adds insult to injury, for American troops and their families; for Iraqis, and for troops from other nations along with their families–not to mention folks from these nations who didn’t fight in the war. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. This low-IQ parrot is also suffering from selective amnesia, because he is trying so hard to extricate himself and the administration he served from being held accountable for this war from start to finish.

  17. 1st lock looney mccain up for picking an idiot hateful palin. They’re both barbaric people. He’s still trying to make everyone pay for his POW status where he caved and spilt the beans..he knows what torture is like..being locked in a hole but would have the audacity to make something out Bergdahl that Obama exchanged for 5 old men as old as him. Worthless at this point to anyone, You wanna talk weak? McCain will never ever be the intelligent man that the black man in office is. That was never supposed to happen. It put him beneath a black man and that my friends is what the GOP HAS GONS INSANE OVER as they DESTROYED THIS COUNTRY FOR and denied us everything. We now stand as 5th in the world thanks to the GOP and their sheer hate and ignorance. Cantor loss was no surprise to me. They will all lose.

  18. Thank you for assessing McCain accurately.As a trauma therapist I have known this for years but have not heard anyone else voice the truth.The real issue here is the innate Racism built into the American psyche.People have breathed it in for generations.It takes courage to face it and replace it with the values of justice for all and truth telling.

  19. Send all of them,every screaming Chickenhawk and old person and everyone who cries for War. Let them be the first to hit the ground and stay until they are either killed or maimed to death. Let them fight the up winnable fight. Let them know what sacrifice is. Ari would run straight to Israel and hide. It’s sad that they can still find high paying employment. I fault the networks for employing these kind of people. Starve them where it hurts,in their pockets and bank accounts.

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