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Yes, Obama is just like Bush when it comes to Iraq lies

July 2, 2014
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One thing that gets tiring from a libertarian point of view is the bi-partisan support for interventionism overseas. Just as tiring is the bi-partisan bickering where the two sides say it is the lies of the other side that are worse. Personally I wish both sides would grow up, look at each political leader individually, and without regards to party. But that is of course unlikely to happen any times soon…  Which brings up today’s topics: Iraq War lies!

During the Bush years as a libertarian I was more than happy to speak (and join protest marches) against the Iraq War. And who can forget the 935 ‘false statements’ made by the Bush administration as reported by CNN. True, many of those ‘false statements’ were perhaps over-stated by CNN. But the majority of them stand as lies. Those were the good old days when I knew as a libertarian at least one of the big parties was anti-war!

Now lets fast forward to the Obama administration. Obama has already proved he just as war-hawkish as Bush by his handling of Syria. But now he has taken his “if you like your plan you can keep it” lies over to foreign policy. The Obama administration however is getting smarter about its lies. This time it’s repeating the same line in hope that nobody notices the President is doubling the troops sent to Iraq.

This from two weeks ago via the Washington Post:

Obama said he would send up to 300 additional U.S. Special Operations troops to better assess the situation on the ground, where forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have moved ever nearer to Baghdad, and to determine “how we can best train, advise and support Iraqi security forces going forward.”

It was promised by the Obama administration that these 300 “advisers” were not combat troops.

Now we have this from this week via CBS:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said Monday.

The new injection of manpower brings the total number of U.S. personnel sent to Iraq to deal with the recent crisis to approximately 800.

Is that the key for Obama to keep the anti-war portion of his party happy? Use the same line a couple of weeks apart and hope nobody notices that these are two separate occurrences of 300 ‘advisers’ being sent? Apparently it works, since I’m seeing very little resistance to this move from the left-leaning media sources. Nobody seems to be calling him out on his promise of keeping boots out of this conflict.

Most of the resistance I’ve seen from the left-leaning sources have been attacking Bush for what Obama is doing. That line is getting old. Yes, Bush was wrong and told many lies getting us into a bad war. But that doesn’t excuse Obama doing the same thing. Things are eerily similar to 2002 right now. I have one question: If Obama gets us into another full-scale war will it continued to be called Bush’s War? I think by that time we can call it the Bush/Obama War.

Personally I think it is time to cut our losses and completely pull out of Iraq. That includes the embassy. Why keep personnel and combat troops advisers in harm’s way for a war we should not even be involved in. I won’t even bother elaborating on that thought. Partisan politicians on both sides of the political spectrum will always listen to the war-hawks. Oh well, maybe I can look forward to having anti-war allies on the left again when we have a Republican President.

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  1. Merlyn Schutterle
    July 2, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Maybe we should arm both sides and let them have a go at it. The fewer religious radicals the better.

    • July 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Well, from what I can tell both sides have gotten weapons from us at one time or another.

      • Merlyn Schutterle
        July 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

        Obviously, we didn’t send enough. I’d kick in a few bucks myself.

  2. July 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Tiffany's Non-Blog and commented:
    I’ve had some flashbacks to Bush regime neocons lying to get into Iraq lately, too. It really is the same racket all over again.

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