Megyn Kelly Uses Bush’s Defense of Iraq Surge to Blame Obama for ISIL

Bush_ProphecyRight before a piece on the threat of ISIL, Megyn Kelly on Thursday night ran with a video of President George W. Bush’s dire prophecy about Iraq back in 2007, during the surge, what she calls a “frighteningly accurate assessment” of what would happen if the administration bowed to critics and called a halt to operations.

To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready … would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan.

It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.

The obvious intent was to show that Bush predicted the rise of ISIL and that President Obama ignored the wise warnings of his predecessor and is solely to blame for the Islamic State. All Kelly had to do was re-write history, and this, because she has no shame – and in accord with Fox News’ business model of “lies for dollars” – she was more than happy to do.

What Megyn Kelly ignored, and what ignorant viewers of Fox News seem unaware of, is that the surge worked to the administration’s satisfaction and that consequently, just a year after making the above statement, President Bush signed SOFA, the the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement.

It’s official name says it all, and this is probably why Kelly avoids mentioning it: Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq.

Yes, that’s right, Megyn Kelly. SOFA, signed by President Bush, required that American combat forces leave Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and that by December 31, 2011 American troops withdraw completely from Iraq.

This is what that same President George W. Bush said about SOFA in November 2008, and you might note that it trumps his earlier warnings (because the surge has worked):

Earlier today, in another sign of progress, Iraq’s Council of Representatives approved two agreements with the United States, a Strategic Framework Agreement and a Security Agreement, often called a Status of Forces Agreement or SOFA. The Strategic Framework Agreement sets the foundation for a long-term bilateral relationship between our two countries, and the Security Agreement addresses our presence, activities, and withdrawal from Iraq. Today’s vote affirms the growth of Iraq’s democracy and increasing ability to secure itself. We look forward to a swift approval by Iraq’s Presidency Council.

Two years ago, this day seemed unlikely – but the success of the surge and the courage of the Iraqi people set the conditions for these two agreements to be negotiated and approved by the Iraqi parliament. The improved conditions on the ground and the parliamentary approval of these two agreements serve as a testament to the Iraqi, Coalition, and American men and women, both military and civilian, who paved the way for this day.

As the two agreements move to Iraq’s Presidency Council for final approval, we congratulate the members of the Council of Representatives for coming together to approve these historic agreements that will serve the shared and enduring interests of both our countries and the region.

I might draw Ms. Kelly’s particular attention to the part where Bush credits the success of the surge and the “courage of the Iraqi people” making this agreement possible. No warnings here of an Iraq in chaos, or the need to go back to roust a resurgent al-Qaeda.

President Bush was, in 2007, defending the surge, not arguing for a prolonged U.S. presence in Iraq after it was no longer needed. What is ignored is that by 2008, as SOFA demonstrates, the Bush administration had determined that Americans could safely go home, a process now blamed on Obama, despite Democratic opposition to Bush’s unilateral actions in making the SOFA agreement without consulting Congress.

This marks yet another sad attempt by Fox News and Megyn Kelly to smear President Obama with President Bush’s egregious errors in judgment. And to judge from comments about Kelly’s story on conservative sites, the willfully uninformed flock have bought the lies hook, line, and sinker.

28 Replies to “Megyn Kelly Uses Bush’s Defense of Iraq Surge to Blame Obama for ISIL”

  1. Megyn Kelly and the rest of the Fox ‘News’ Stepford Blondes are the reason people continue to make blonde jokes…

    know why blondes can’t work in quality control at the M&M factory?
    they keep rejecting the Ws…

  2. Earth is flat …. blame Obama.
    Penguins can’t fly …. blame Obama.
    Cubs haven’t won the World Series in a century …. blame Obama.
    My steak is overcooked …. blame Obama.

    The preceding message was brought to you by the Republican National Committee.

  3. ISIS originated because of the civil war in Syria and then spread to Iraq, so how could anyone with a brain connect ISIS to the U.S. pull back from Iraq?

  4. Is this the same comedy channel that told us Pres Obama started the Iraq war? I am confused now lol

  5. The “Surge” involved paying tribal leaders not to fight.

    Looks like they went through their lottery winnings too quickly.

  6. Who cares what this college educated IDIOT has to say!? Except of course the rabid viewers of drek waiting for the glimmer of panty made possible of the deliberately low camera angles that FOX employs.

  7. She is as dumb as she looks. Roger to Meghan: “just bob your head up and down while smiling unless guest disagrees with me, then scream over him and cut the mic.”

  8. If you want a good laugh, Romney is now writing op eds about the need for a strong military force, yes, the Romney that ran away to France to stay out of the military during Viet Nam.

    A great thing for the Romney tribe though, now is the chance for the Romney boys to join the military.
    Also, remember Joe Scum in the a.m. when Bergdahl was traded for prisoners, Joe Scum said he was a deserter and if he was Bergdahl’s dad he would tell his boy to get back to his unit and do his duty, hey now Joe Scum’s son can join and fight!

  9. Give her credit, Megyn is properly learning her lessons from her father/mentor Father Bill O’coughlin-Reilly to become a valuable player/liar/racist on Fox White Supremacy TV!

  10. No of course not, in my article was speaking of the Republican reasoning (call it excuse) behind SOFA

  11. Megyn Kelly may be an idiot and Fox news a hive of lying bigots. But they put their message out there and people watch and believe the garbage spewing from their mouths. Their news broadcasts should have a moving banner at the bottom of the screen with a disclaimer stating that the stories being reported are non-factual and misrepresentative and that viewers should advised to check the facts before forming an opinion or taking action such as voting.

  12. She is one of those dizzy blonds we always make jokes about, except in Kelly’s case it is all true!! When she came in an Hannity was out, I thought we were going to get a different kind of reporter! But no, she hype’s her stories/twist them an some times out right lie’s. I don’t catch her much, cause I decided Maddow gives a more accurate account of the news an they come on at the same time! I still catch Greta V.S once in a while. But the rest of them at Fox aren’t worth me throwing stuff at my t.v, cause I might break it one of these days.

  13. “When the 2008 agreement requiring all U.S. forces leave Iraq was passed, many U.S. officials assumed it would inevitably be renegotiated so that American forces could stay longer.”

    “But as the year wore on and the number of American troops that Washington was suggesting could stay behind dropped, it became increasingly clear that a U.S. troop presence was not a sure thing.

    The issue of legal protection for the Americans was the deal-breaker.”

    “The Obama administration said on Monday that it has accepted from the Iraqi government the same sort of immunity agreement for newly dispatched Special Operations troops that it refused to accept in 2011, when it opted to withdraw all American troops from Iraq rather than keep a residual force behind.”

  14. This might actually be the point. Obama learned from Bush’s many blunders. No surge or dumbness changes the mistakes. Its ironic that Fox(faux) news mentions it. No credibility at all.

  15. the only problem with your attempt to discredit Megyn and GWB is the lack of thinking.

    and the its always a fluid situation that takes constant analysis.. certainly when progress was made the course of action changes…

    do you really think that it was set in stone that troops leave on a specific date regardless of the circumstances????

    thats disingenuous

  16. disingenuous = Kelly going back to 2007 and trying to use that to blame Obama when it was Bush in 2008 that did what they are trying to blame on Obama

    In 2008 the troops leaving was set in stone

  17. My flying spaghetti monster on what do you not understand the Iraqi’s refuse to sign a SOFA. ARE YOU SAYING WE ARE THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT AND TO HELL WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES WANT? Talk about the white mans burden

  18. All baloney. Bush set in motion the genesis of ISIS, when he fired the Sunnis in Saddam’s government. It was going to happen, because they were given few political options other than radicalization.

  19. Unlike msnbc that never lies? Have you ever fact checked a Fox news report? Or are you one of those who takes other peoples word for what Fox says? You sound like one of those that shout that Fox News lies and then admits that they never watch Fox News.

  20. Fact checking is what we do.. why do you think we are so upset with Fox News??? I know Joe Scarborough is a lying POS, but otherwise the night time news people are right on almost all of the time… When Rachel Maddow ever gets anything wrong she is correcting herself on the very next show.. Do you watch Rachel? One of the most honorable news people in the business.

  21. If the terms and conditions of the current 2014 SOFA with Iraq are the same as those Iraq would agree to in 2011 why did the administration not sign that SOFA; purely politics.

    This administration fail to negotiate the 2011 SOFA enough said. The political reason is history. Yet as a result ISIS took advantage of the absence of the presence of NATO/US forces and grew to become the current threat.

    The administration should just admit this mistake made in 2011 whatever the reason and move on in the hope that it can regain the world’s trust.

  22. The SOFA was signed this past June 2014 which allow our “boots on the ground” combat troops (including SO advisors/trainers) to deployed to Iraq.

  23. Do you have reading comprehension problems? There is no formal agreement what they have is Iraq’s “word” that they wont be prosecuted. Again stop your bullshit. There is no formal agreement

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