Did Bush And Cheney Pave The Way For ISIL?

Who Do You Think Had The Greater Control In The War On Terror? Bush Or Cheney? Photo Credit: Dick Cheney - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2004 World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland

Who Do You Think Had The Greater Control In The War On Terror? Bush Or Cheney?
Photo Credit: Dick Cheney – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2004 World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland

Former Vice-President Dick Cheney and President Bush birthed the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” [ISIL], which is the greatest threat in the Middle East at the moment. How? The Cheney/Bush regeme created the fertile grounds with an unnecessary war in Iraq. It was just a matter of time before their actions bore fruit,

“Vice-President Cheney, who drove the U.S. into the second Iraq War on intelligence that was wrong and supported the Wilsonian idea that a democracy can be established in Iraq with nothing more than American say so, is now held up by many as a foreign policy expert. This can happen when the 4,400 servicemen and women killed and the more than 32,000 injured in the Iraq War are a tiny minority of the total U.S. population.

So I don’t get why any of the people who caused this terrible mess get to go on TV and berate the president’s plan to fix it. Blaming Obama for ISIL, that’s pretty nervy. Cheney who could be arrested for war crimes should he step outside of the U.S. is in the media again. And he is hanging out with chummy Capitol Hill Republicans. He,

“Invoked 9/11, saying that he seeks to remind his ‘friends’ that “these issues are very real, very imminent.’”

Cheney almost scares me, but mainly it’s with his sneer. He continues,

“As we work to defeat [the militant group] ISIS and prevent the establishment of a terrorist safe-haven in the heart of the Middle East, we must move globally to get back on offense in the war on terror…This means, first recognizing and admitting the size and scope of the threat we face. Al Qaeda is not ‘diminished,’ nor is the ‘tide of war receding.’ Wishing doesn’t make it so. Our president must understand we are at war and that we must do what it takes, for as long as it takes, to win.”

Cheney even claims that the president is using an “apparatus” put in place by the Bush/Cheney administration,

“Nice to hear, especially from someone who used to speak so disparagingly about the steps we took after 9/11…[but only with a high level of] military preparedness,’ something he said has receded under Obama…We are investing in defense as if the dangers of the world were all in quiet retreat. Of course, they’re not.”

Tehran, he said, is “not impressed,” while friends in the Middle East are asking, “What is President Obama doing?”

Then there is James Baker, former President George H.W. Bush’s Secretary of State. Baker said on “Meet The Press” that after Bush 41 kicked Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in 1991, our country elected to withdraw.

The first President Bush avoided the “kicking over the sectarian hornet’s nest that was subsequently unleashed by the Bush/Cheney attack on Iraq in 2003,”

 “Bush’s ‘de-Bathification program’ eliminated all vestiges of Sunni power in Iraqi society and set the stage for the Sunni insurrection against American occupation and the new Shiite-led government. Bush disbanded the entire Sunni-dominated Iraqi Army and bureaucracy. He didn’t change it. He didn’t make it more inclusive of Shiites and Kurds. He just disbanded it. It is no accident that two of the top commanders of today’s ISIL are former commanders in the Saddam-era Iraqi military.”

People listen to Baker, because he was among the players who designed the plan to “liberate Kuwait” after Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein invaded it. And surprise, surprise he is part of the “boots on the ground” crowd, as in U.S. Special Forces, because the Obama Administration won’t be able to “get regional support.”

After the great Cheney/Bush catastrophe, General Petraeus began healing the country with his “Sunni Awakening” programs in Iraq pitting Sunni tribes against Al Qaeda. But after their original humongous administration blunder, the Bush/Cheney regime plotted to install Nouri Al-Maliki as Prime Minister. Al-Maliki is a guy who “systematically disenfranchised Sunnis throughout Iraq.” And he flatly refused to let the U.S. leave a bare bones force.

The Bush/Cheney War On Terror,

“Created massive numbers of terrorists that otherwise would not have dreamed of joining extremist organizations. It did so by killing massive numbers of Iraqis, creating hundreds of thousands of refugees, imprisoning thousands, and convincing many residents of the Middle East that the terrorist narrative was correct: that the U.S. and the West were really about taking Muslim lands.”

Technically the administration didn’t want the Muslim lands – just its oil. The War On Terror set off,

“Wave after wave of sectarian slaughter it created blood feuds that will never be forgiven.”

The Iraq War — and the Sunni power vacuum caused first by U.S. policies and then Al Maliki — created the perfect condition for ISIL to take the regional neighborhood.

President Obama is stuck with this god-awful mess, not that the critics have any viable ideas of their own. They say Obama missed his opportunity to arm Syrian opposition moderates earlier in their own civil war. Of course those arms would probably be in ISIL hands now. The U.S.,

Has been convinced to be afraid and horrified by murder and violence in a religious and sectarian civil war in the Middle East by sides that hate each other only slightly more than their unified hate for America and the West.

It’s easy to say America is under threat and “lets” do what is necessary to fight ISIL when the great majority of Americans have no financial, social or personal connection to the realities and harshness of war. When Americans as a whole, and on an individual level, have no connection to the “death, destruction, disease, horror” of war, empty slogans and partisan politics are mistaken for leadership, courage and conviction.

The president knows that ISIL is the immediate problem. And nearly two-thirds of the country support his current plan of Sunni’s putting their boots on the ground. The U.S. plan is to build a “coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorists.

We knew when Cheney started talking that something was up. He smelled the intoxicating smell of oil. And he has been using and abusing the media with his lies and distortion. He and Bush created ISIL, Lord knows what kind of monster he will try to create this time.