Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Bush was Right
Remember the "Global War on Terror"? (cue laugh track) For those of you who watch comedy shows for your news, here's a refresher: In the wake of 9/11, George W Bush (cue laugh track) realized that the attack was not an isolated event limited to some Saudi ex-pats under a single nut-job. Instead, George W Bush saw the bigger picture and treated it like an ideological and global phenomenon. Part of that was a "Global War on Terror". (Bush was unfortunately too p.c. to call it what it was: "Global War on Jihad" or "Global War on Radical Islam"). He made clear it would be fought under the radar and that the battles and successes would not be made public. He followed through for two terms. There were no new attacks, and the global Jihad lost ground.
Today we are stuck arguing who lost Iraq and created ISIS. This is a diversion from reality. ISIS headquarters is in Syria not Iraq. They are currently spreading, well, globally. Today they killed 50 near Gaza in Egypt. The other day it was Kuwait, Tunisia, and Libya. Before that, West Africa, East Africa, and Europe. There have been ISIS inspired attacks and arrests in the US.
Gee, maybe all this focus on who lost the Iraq war should be redirected and we should ask instead, "Who lost the Global War on Terror?".
I can tell you it wasn't Bush.