In a foreign policy speech delivered at the Reagan Presidential Library the other day, former governor and current hack Jeb Bush sought to blame Islamic-driven violence in Iraq and Syria on none other than Hillary Clinton. By virtue of her being the Secretary of State under Obama during a period of troop draw-down in Iraq, she is now the primary cause of anarchy in the region.
Before moving on, recall that Jeb Bush went through pendulum swings of opinions when asked about the disastrous war that his brother started in 2003. He first said, knowing what we know now, he would still have gone to war – which seems ridiculous. Clearly he answered this way so as not to shit upon his brother’s ill-conceived adventure. Then when his statement kicked up a bunch of incredulous dust, he claimed to have misheard the question, interpreting it as “would you have gone in knowing what we knew then. ” Of course, this only caused people to re-ask the question with emphasis on the word “now.” In response, he called it a hypothetical question unworthy of an answer. Later he said that to answer the question would be an insult to the American troops who fought in the war (?). He continued to hide behind the notion that he would not answer hypotheticals, until finally caving in and saying he wouldn’t have gone in knowing what we know today. As is often the case, Jon Stewart summarized better than any real news source the lunacy of it all.
Anyway, Jeb is clearly planting seeds of ideas that the morass in Iraq and Syria caused by U.S. troop withdrawal is somehow the fault of Hillary Clinton. He said, “Rushing away from danger can be every bit as unwise as rushing into danger, and the costs have been grievous.” And who could disagree with that? But did the Bush-ites conveniently forget that it was Brother W who initiated the whole drawdown to begin with?
George W. Bush in 2008 as president signed the “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” which called for U.S. combat forces to withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, (5 months into Obama’s first term) and for all U.S. combat forces to be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011. Read the agreement in all its bureaucratic glory.
Still, as most American’s have the inquisitiveness and attention span of an earthworm, I’m sure the bulk of the population thinks Obama pulled all the troops out of Iraq and sent them to Kenya for radical socialist brainwashing. And with that, Jeb will probably prevail in the prevarication.
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore
Everyone in the world knows that the Russians or their proxies in Eastern Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a little more than a year ago. The Boeing 777 was bound for Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, from Amsterdam with 283 passengers, including three infants, and 15 crew members. At the time, Russia’s president Vladimir Poontang blamed the Ukrainian government for creating the conditions for insurgency in eastern Ukraine, as if that was supposed to exonerate the annihilation of hundreds of innocent people.
As Flight 17 began in the Netherlands and carried mostly Dutch citizens aboard, the Dutch government took the lead on the investigation. And just the other day it was reported that pieces of a Russian-made missile were intermixed with wreckage from the plane. The fact that Russian separatists holing up in Ukraine had shot down at least a dozen military aircraft in the same airspace in the time leading up to the downing of the commercial jet liner only adds to the ironclad case.
Still, Russia is taking umbrage, and just this past Monday announced that agricultural officials would start inspecting with great rigor imports of Dutch tulips and other flowers into Russia. Talk about petty assholes. Presumably the inspectors will find Dutch foo-foo dust, thus ordering all shipments to be distilled into some form of alcoholic beverage. And if that doesn’t stop the men from the land of windmills, will the Ruskie’s outlaw wooden shoes?