There’s a show on television named “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” which, like politics, is a comedy show. Its slogan is “Everything’s made up and the points don’t matter,” which can be modified to suit politics; “Everything’s made up and only the talking points matter.” Which brings us to Iraq.
CBS Evening News is freaking out regarding the situation in Iraq now, apparently having realized that they aren’t going to sway public opinion in favor of declaring war over Syria, describing ISIS as the new “al Queda army” and its leader as the “new Osama bin Laden.”
They emotionally told us last night that ISIS is “retaking territory where thousands of Americans died,” and then had some former CIA clown on to tell us that the group posed the danger that “with a safe haven in western Iraq” they would have “a base of operations where they could attack the United States homeland” and that “we should be very worried about that.”
He didn’t say what form he thought those attacks would take, I don’t think rocket propelled grenades (RPG’s) will reach that far, but it was as almost if he was speaking directly to Obama, who has this mantra about “denying them space in which to plan their attacks” regarding the war in Afghanistan.
Obama supporters, who have been giving Obama credit for “ending the war in Iraq” in 2011, are sort of hoist on their own petard at this point because his opponents are now saying that the disintegration of Iraq is his fault for pulling out the troops in 2011. They’re both full of cow dung, of course, because the decision to withdraw all troops in 2011 was not made by Obama; it was made by George W. Bush and formalized in an agreement between him and Nuri al Maliki in 2008.
All Obama did was allow that agreement to be carried out because he had no choice. In fact he tried valiantly to abrogate the agreement, and negotiated vigorously with al Maliki for more than two years to extend our military presence in Iraq and failed. He was, of course, roundly criticized for that failure while being praised by supporters for “ending the war,” because facts are irrelevant when it comes to politics.