We may never know if President Bush definitely knew if Saddam had WMD's as none were found, but could that have been a façade for the real reason we invaded Iraq?
It is possible any WMDs were slipped out to Libya or elsewhere before our troops arrived and other countries made the same claim, but I'm not sure it mattered in the long game. I'll give him and all the others that made the claim the benefit of the doubt.
One think is certain in my mind, Bush had a foreign policy doctrine, set a course and implemented it with vigor to meet his objectives:
- Take the war to the terrorists that killed Americans on 9/11 and other countries that harbored terrorists.
- Other countries had to declare that they were either with us or they were against us.
There was no ambiguity.
He invaded Afghanistan and cleaned out the terrorist nest there and next he moved onto Iraq to rid the world of Saddam.
WMDs or not, it's my opinion that invading Iraq was strictly a strategic move. Look at the map. Iran is sandwiched between Afghanistan and Iraq. The long game was to surround Iran in order to contain them with a residual force in both countries. Now all that work and planning with American blood shed has been decimated by the current president.
My theory also explains why we spent so many years nation-building (which I was against). If we could standup civil societies in these two countries, they would act as a buffer zone against Iran expanding its sphere of influence, towards Israel, Turkey and other ME allies (or at least our oil producing countries that we call friends).
Look at the map again. If Iran takes Iraq as a proxy state, they would have a huge swath of land from Iran through Iraq to Syria and Lebanon, countries that are already state-sponsored terrorist states of Iran. This expansion brings them to the doorstep of Israel, the country that they want to eliminate from the face of the Earth. From there, it's just a short hop to Egypt and then to Libya.
It gives me chills to think about the gains Iran will take if this president lets them. It's pure insanity for our former Sec. of State Clinton, our current Secretary of State Kerry, our Secretary of Defense Hagel and the president of the United States to even contemplate letting Iran "play a constructive role" in solving the crisis in Iraq.
A crisis of Obama's own making by disengaging and failing to get a Status of Forces Agreement because he was too busy golfing and running for a second term. All the while claiming victory that Osama Bin Laden was dead, as if he was the only terrorist.
Do they not remember the 1979 Iran hostage crisis? Do they not know that Iran is responsible for killing at least a third of our forces in Iraq? That our government has designated them as a state sponsor of terrorism? Of course they do. So why are they willing to outsource our national security to Iran?
If Iran annihilates Israel, then we are next in their crosshairs. Make no mistake: We are the Great Satan and Israel is the Little Satan in the eyes of the fanatic Ayatollah. They don't call themselves the Islamic Republic of Iran for no reason.
The president was asked way back in January by the New Yorker if he was concerned about terrorists spilling over the Syrian border into Iraq but the president downplayed it:
New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to the president that the Al Qaeda flag is now seen flying in Falluja in Iraq and in certain locations in Syria, and thus the terrorist group has not been “decimated” as Obama had said during his 2012 reelection campaign.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told Remnick. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
As usual, the president knew the threat to Iraq but instead of acting then when it was clear who the enemy was, Mr. Drone dithered, watched and waited, just like Syria. Now he's not willing to do much to solve the problem but instead blames Maliki and hints that ousting him is the solution.
My solution is to tell Maliki that we will support him with intelligence and lots of air power, if and only if, he renounces working with Iran in any way. We pushed him towards Iran once we left Iraq and never looked back. It's not too late for him to redeem himself and get on our side against evil terrorists. Let's give him that chance.
This crisis is not about Iraq and throwing Maliki under the bus won't help matters. ISIS is a threat to Iraq, the region, the U.S and Iran. Not supporting Maliki now will only push him closer to Iran than he already is. Not stopping ISIS re-creates a rogue terrorist state just like Afghanistan was before 9/11.
This crisis is a choice between supporting our national security interests and letting Iran run roughshod across the Middle East and beyond. No American solution should include Iran in anyway, now or ever.