HA HA! That’s a funny clip, and we all had a good laugh over it. But what’s not funny is that a major American newspaper still pays former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen for his, let’s say, “thoughts”:
When former President George W. Bush makes a rare visit to Washington today, he won’t criticize President Obama for the bloodletting Obama unleashed with his withdrawal from Iraq. After leaving office, Bush promised Obama his silence. He is a man of his word.
But if Bush did speak out, here is what he ought to say:
I told you so.
Yes, I agree a full apology would be WAIT WHAT?
In the summer of 2007, Bush warned of the dire consequence of pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq against the advice of our commanders on the ground. All of Washington was telling Bush that the surge he had launched would fail and that the time had come to withdraw from Iraq and accept defeat.
At a White House news conference on July 12, 2007, Bush declared: “I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
He had no idea at the time how prophetic his words would be.
In 2010, Obama did precisely what Bush warned against and withdrew all U.S. forces from Iraq — overruling his commander on the ground, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, who had recommended that Obama keep 24,000 troops. And since then, everything that Bush warned would happen has come to pass.
I can’t help but feel like there’s something Marc is overlooking here when he leaps from 2007 to 2010…oh, right, it’s the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement that a George, uh, looks like a “George W. Bush” signed with then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. You may not remember the 2008 SOFA — it seems clear that Marc doesn’t — but it’s the one that one wag, I believe his name was also “George W. Bush,” said “[laid] out a framework for the withdrawal of American forces in Iraq” and meant that the conflict in Iraq was “decisively on its way to being won.”
Hey, you don’t suppose all these “George W. Bushes” are actually one and the same guy, do you?
But Marc Theissen’s attempt to shove the entire year 2008 down the memory hole is only the runner up for the coveted Choot’s Paw Award. The top prize has to go to former Bush Press Secretary, also tragically still relevant, Ari Fleischer, who heh-indeeded Thiessen’s piece on Twitter:
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) September 9, 2014
The reason that takes the prize is because here’s Fleischer in October 2011, when the troops were beginning to leave Iraq in accordance with the 2008 SOFA, which called for all US troops to be out of the country by the end of that year:
O decision on Iraq is right one. I was open 2 staying if he made the case it wld help w Iran, but Iraq war is over. It’s time — Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 21, 2011
here’s a picture in case Ari decides to do some history-scrubbing later:
So congrats to Ari Fleischer for being today’s biggest hypocrite
and Marc, don’t worry, we’re sure you’ll have plenty of other chances to win moving forward