On Thursday, President George W. Bush took to his favorite propaganda outlet — Fox News — to talk about ISIS, and stroke his own ego a bit over his “prediction” that pulling out of Iraq would lead to the type of situation we are seeing today.
During an interview in which Bush was pretending to care about our troops by touting his efforts to raise money for veterans with his annual golf tournament in Texas, Bush told Brian Kilmeade that the loss of thousands of soldiers to the illegal Iraq war was worth it.
“The world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power or the Taliban in power,” Bush said. “We’re still in Iraq, the presence wasn’t as significant as it was in 2009… And now we’ve got pilots in harm’s way dealing with a group of ideologues who murder the innocent. Same exact modus operandi of those who murdered 3,000 on our soil.”
Kilmead showered praise on a very pleased Bush for his “prediction” in 2007 that, “American troops will have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.” While cryptic, right-wingers recently have been touting this as a prediction of ISIS.
“How did you know?” Kilmeade asked the former President.
“Well, I know the nature of the enemy,” Bush haughtily replied. “The long-term strategy just takes time. And I tell people all the time — of the record, by the way — that, you know, Condi Rice’s relatives were enslaved in the greatest democracy ever for 100 years. A democracy takes time to take hold.”
Bush, however, was firm that he will not second-guess President Obama.
“Bloviating and second-guessing is, I don’t think, good for the presidency or the country,” he said. “He and his team will make the best informed decisions they can make.”
Kilmeade wondered why President Obama did not reach out to Bush for advice on Iraq. “Has Obama called you?”he asked.
Bush replied that President Obama called him before announcing that Osama Bin Laden was dead, but that the current President does not pick his brain often.
“Presidents tend to rely on the people they’re close to, and he’s got a team that he’s grown close to over the six years he’s been president — or nearly six years — and he relies upon their judgement,” Bush explained. “And I understand that.”