The architects of the Iraq war are once again making the rounds of cable news shows to tell us all how badly President Obama has fumbled the ball. For them, Iraq was an unqualified success until he came along and made a mess of all that they had achieved. Monday night it was Paul Bremer who told Erin Burnett on CNN that Iraq was “stable” when the President took office and that al Qaeda had been defeated in Iraq.
Of course he failed to mention that al Qaeda had no presence in Iraq until we defeated Saddam Hussein and they followed our troops there, nor did he mention that al Qaeda wanted Hussein removed themselves, and we did it for them.
Burnett began by playing a recording of the speech that Bremer gave on the day that Saddam Hussein was captured in which he made many glowing predictions for the newly liberated state of Iraq, “we now know of course none of that came to pass,” Burnett said. “How did we go so wrong?”
“Actually you’re wrong, Erin. Every single bit of that came to pass. They have the Arab world’s most progressive constitution, they have conducted six elections since I made that speech, all of them democratically, they have a democratically elected government, their per capita income is six times what it was when I made that speech.”
He goes on to explain to her how with his help the Bush administration had turned Iraq into a democratic paradise and all was well with the world. And then along came Obama who honored the agreement made by George W. Bush in 2008 after attempting to renegotiate it to allow him to leave a residual force behind after the troops were supposed to be all out. He pulled the troops out as the agreement required, and according to Bremer, that is why we are seeing the mess that is today’s Iraq. It’s all Obamas fault, as usual.
Watch Burnett hold Bremer’s feet to the fire over Iraq.
h/t: Huffington Post