Republicans don’t seem to have the same sort of memory that most of us have. Theirs seems to be much more selective and malleable. In other words, if the real memory doesn’t support their current position it can morph into an entirely different one. Such seems to be the case as they assess the crisis in Iraq in which the Shiite dominated government seems poised to fall to a Sunni insurgency led by an al Qaeda offshoot called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The right rallied quickly to condemn President Obama, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President’s entire National Security team for “allowing” this to happen. It is all his fault, they say, made possible when he pulled all of our troops out of the country in December of 2011. Had he left a stabilizing force in place, they say, this would not have happened.
This is a case of a complete memory morph since the withdrawal of our forces in 2011 honored an agreement between the U.S. and the Iraqi government which required that all of our troops be out of the country by December 31, 2011. That agreement was drawn up in October of 2008, during George W. Bush’s term, and ratified by the Iraqi government one month later — before President Obama took office.
The current civil war in Iraq can be traced directly back to the “surge” which supposedly made the country safe and stable allowing us to remove our military presence. During the surge the “good” Sunnis were armed by our military to assist us in bringing stability to the region.
In another aspect of the surge, our military sat back and watched as the Shiites slaughtered entire neighborhoods of Sunnis in a sectarian cleansing operation as they took their revenge for the years of Shiite suffering under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni.
These are the major causal factors leading to the current civil war. President Obama did not unilaterally decided to withdraw all of our troops, he was merely honoring an agreement made by the Bush administration.
Nor was he in any way responsible for the surge which only increased tensions between the rival sects. That falls on the shoulders of General David Petraeus, a larger than life hero to the right. Many of the arms being used by the Sunni insurgents are those that Petraeus provided them with so that they could assist in pacifying the country during the surge.
There is plenty of blame to go around for the horrible situation in Iraq, but very little of it can be legitimately leveled at the President or any of his staff.
To the contrary; those such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have been making the rounds of the cable news and Sunday morning talk shows to assign blame, should instead be standing in front of a mirror — or pointing toward Crawford, Texas where George W. Bush resides.
More from AATTP on the current situation in Iraq:
- Massacre In Iraq: Congratulations GOP! You Built That! (GRAPHIC)
- Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War
- Unbelievable! John McCain Flat-Out LIES About US Casualties in Iraq (Video)
- Glenn Beck on Iraq Crisis: We Can’t Bring Democracy ‘to a Region That Doesn’t Want It’ (Video)
- MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Newspaper’s Iraq Front Page Takes Glorious Stab at George Bush