“President Bush and his top aides publicly made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two years following September 11, 2001, according to a study released by two nonprofit journalism groups.”
Never forget how big a liar Bush was as President.
George W. Bush failed to keep us safe, partly because he happened to be president when al-Qaeda succeeded in perpetrating a major attack, partly because various other attacks happened during his tenure, and most unforgivably because of his reductionism and hubris, pursuing a needless war of choice on false pretenses and executing that war poorly for years on end, in part because he elevated loyalty to his immediate underlings above having competent help. The “he kept us safe” talking point is factually inaccurate. In closing, it’s worth noting that the president doesn’t swear an oath to keep us safe, but to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. Bush failed at that too.
Conor Friedersdorf (via azspot)
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the invasion of Iraq turned out to be a joke. Not for the Iraqis, of course, and not for American soldiers, and not the ha-ha sort of joke either. And here’s the saddest truth of all: on March 20th as we mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion from hell, we still don’t get it. In case you want to jump to the punch line, though, it’s this: by invading Iraq, the U.S. did more to destabilize the Middle East than we could possibly have imagined at the time. And we — and so many others — will pay the price for it for a long, long time.
The Worst Mistake in U.S. History — America Will Never Recover from Bush’s Great Foreign Policy Disaster | Alternet (via mydaywithd)