Any reasonable person would think that the course of wisdom for a person who created a mess at their place of work would be to quietly resign in disgrace never to be heard from again. It would seem all the more likely that a politician would slink into obscurity after being convicted of war crimes, crashed the world’s economy, invaded one sovereign nation over a criminal act and another based on the wishes of a foreigner, caused the deaths of over 655,000 innocent civilians, destabilized an entire geographical region, and created a dangerous extremist religious group.
Republicans are not normal politicians in myriad ways; particularly in acknowledging they were failures or having a sense of shame. America’s greatest failure in the modern era, George W. Bush is, if nothing else, a typically shameless Republican and an idiot. It is true, George W. Bush is hapless, but he is also an idiot for not recognizing his own failures as president and in fact actually regards himself as a raging success. It is worse because Bush took the time to criticize the man who replaced him and has spent the duration of his tenure cleaning up the catastrophic messes Bush left in America and parts of the Middle East.
Bush was in Las Vegas speaking for money over the weekend and although his comments were not for public consumption, a lot of people were reminded what an ignoramus George W. Bush really is. It is, of course, noteworthy that Bush was running his mouth at a closed-door meeting of Jewish donors, including corrupt Sheldon Adelson, when he publicly criticized President Obama’s foreign policy and six-year struggle to clean up Bush’s eight year-in-the-making disaster in Iraq. There is a good reason Bush promoted his preemptive, regime-change war before a group of assembled Israeli supporters, because one of the driving forces for Bush to invade, occupy, and destabilize Iraq was to satiate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bloodlust against Muslims.
Bush’s unnecessary war literally exterminated over 655,000 innocent Iraqi Muslim civilians as of 2006 over one of Netanyahu’s favorite fear-mongering subjects; non-existent nuclear weapons. It is why Bush said in front of the gathering of Israeli supporters, just like Netanyahu has for well over a year, that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and criticized the pending nuclear deal between the United Nations’ P5+1 and Iran.
He also said the President is losing the war against the Islamic State; one of the George W. Bush creations to come out of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. It is also a telling neo-con statement because America is not at war against the non-nation of ISIL, IS, or whatever moniker the former Iraqi Sunnis and expelled Iraqi military forces call themselves. Bush could not keep himself out of the limelight any longer and unbelievably criticized President Obama for “ruining all the good work he and his administration had done in Iraq.” Before the invasion and occupation of Iraq, there was no ISIS, Sunni and Shia Muslims and Christians lived in peace, and the Islamic Republic of Iran was held in check by Saddam Hussein.
Bush also took the neo-con position that the solution to everything everywhere is tens-of-thousands of American boots on the ground and condemned President Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State; that non-nation that America or Congress has not formally declared war on. He also spent no small amount of time criticizing the way the President deals with the monumental chaos Bush created in Iraq and stunningly repeated warmonger Lindsey Graham’s assertion that President Obama had made a “strategic blunder” by withdrawing all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011 in accordance with the agreement that Bush signed with the Iraqi government. Unlike Bush and Republicans, President Obama believes that as a world leader, it is important for America to honor its agreements with other nations.
Bush, as much a deluded idiot as he is a liar, claimed he created a Middle Eastern Utopia in Iraq with the surge. However, what slowed down the sectarian violence in Iraq was not the surge, but General David Petraeus’ decision to allow Iraqi Shia’s free rein to religiously cleanse Iraqi Sunnis out of the country and into Syria to destabilize that country. It was not, as Bush boastfully claimed, his savvy “commander-in-chiefing” of acknowledging that “When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed.” The so-called change was so unsuccessful that well-armed Iraqi Shia’s purged Sunnis from Iraq into Syria where they joined forces with religious extremists, became ISIS, destabilized Syria, and began their crusade to create an Islamic caliphate threatening Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Kurds and the entire region.
To show just how little he knows now, or ever knew about Al Qaeda, Bush said the Islamic State that he created is the “second act of Al Qaeda” even though the two groups are not friends by any means. If there was a ‘second act’ of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda, it was what Al Qaeda in Iraq became. An entity that never existed until Bush invaded Iraq because under the iron-fisted rule of Saddam Hussein, the terrorist group was never allowed to gain a foothold in the country. As noted by Salon’s Simon Maloy, “the Islamic State is actually Al Qaeda’s third act” that grew out of Al Qaeda in Iraq. In fact, the Bush-created Islamic State is the result of his brilliant neo-con idea of disbanding and chasing Saddam’s army and intelligence officers into Syria where they parlayed their ‘special‘ talents, and American-provided weaponry, into the successful war strategies in use by ISIL wreaking havoc in the region.
It is just too bad that George W. Bush decided not to stay sequestered on his Texas ranch pretending to be an artist. Although the nation will feel the effects of his myriad failures as president for a generation, and the region in and around Iraq will suffer from his unprovoked wars for decades, at least he was not running his mouth; especially to criticize President Barack Obama who has spent the past six years cleaning up his monumental messes both at home and around the world. Bush needs to crawl back to his hole in Texas, paint some shower pictures, and for dog’s sake keep his stupid mouth shut before somebody gets irritated and sends him to the Hague to be tried and convicted of war crimes and being a first class idiot.