I would like to personally thank George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. I would like to thank them for creating the conditions that have led to the probability that militants will successfully establish an Islamist ministate straddling Syria and Iraq, which will further destabilize the most unstable region in the world. And that President Obama will be forced, for political and not necessarily humanitarian reasons, to order air strikes against the militants to halt their advance toward Baghdad.
Messrs. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld worked hard to bring on this dire state of affairs:
They launched an invasion of Iraq in 2003 under false pretenses. They starved the invasion of boots while draining the vital post-9/11 war in Afghanistan of resources. They created the conditions for a protracted Iraqi civil war by propping up Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, an autocratic Shiite thug, while looking the other way as his “government” marginalized and persecuted the Sunni minority. They tried to buy off Sunni militants by showering them with cash, weapons, pickup trucks and televisions rather than demanding that Al-Maliki establish a coalition government that reflected Iraq’s historic sectarian and ethnic diversity.
They helped crash the American economy, driving it toward the worst recession since the Great Depression, by giving the rich tax cuts while simultaneously fighting two wars. Then, after nearly 5,000 Americans died and tens of thousand more were injured (flooding the VA hospitals system and precipitating its current travails), as well as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casualties and an immense refugee crisis, the Obama administration washed its hands of the whole self-created mess.