From Donald Trump to Kathy Griffin, if there is one thing most of America agrees on is that George Bush started the war with Iraq. This commonly held belief is false.
Following September 11th, Republicans and Democrats voted for action. This action included support for both the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, waterboarding, the Patriot Act, NSA snooping and the holding of prisoners at Guantanamo. So any suggestion that the war was Bush’s fault or that Republicans are blood thirsty is simply revisionist history…see the voting record of the Democrats while in office at the time.
Even Hillary voted to attack Iraq, a fact that liberals are quick to forget and blame entirely on Bush. At least Bush sought Congressional approval before bombing other nations, something Obama did not do before bombing Libya. Should something terrible happen again you can be sure Americas will do what’s necessary to punish those that deserve it and like clockwork, the liberals, despite voting for whatever means necessary, are sure to blame Republicans and label them “war mongers.”
For those that think the Iraq war was an example of American Imperialism or our appetite for oil, I say hogwash. If that were true we’d still be there and the oil would be ours to do with as we please, but we voluntarily left.
Despite the total collapse of the region, I’m happy Americans sent the world a message. If we had stayed to keep the peace the refugee crisis, mass ISIS beheadings and the Syrian civil war probably would never have happened and people would feel a lot better about what we accomplished. I tip my hat to every politician who put our soldiers into harm’s way, as that was the most difficult vote they’ll ever cast, but a highly necessary vote. It was necessary because it showed every terrorist and would be terrorist of the awesome power of our military might and our potential to use it.
As it relates to future wars, I would be highly supportive of a preemptive strike on both Iran and North Korea. It is only a matter of time before both of these countries develop the capability to hit America with a nuclear warhead. Based on how crazy both regimes have proven to be, I have no doubt they will eventually use this technology. So we might as well not wait until it’s too late.