A Look Back: Bush and the Defeat of America in the War On Islamic Terrorism
Bill Quick

Painful Question, More Painful Answer | Daily Pundit Archive Site I repeat:  I wrote this almost eight years ago! That was in 2006, two years before American distaste for GWB’s botched war in Iraq swept a formerly unknown Senator from … Continue reading

This, Again
Bill Quick

Last time Obama spoke from oval office was Iraq withdrawal. If he’d skipped that speech, he wouldn’t need tonight’s. pic.twitter.com/g7LmCAJtm1 — Jim Rickards (@JamesGRickards) December 6, 2015 I guess people really do believe that if Barack Obama had not followed … Continue reading

Bush Won In Iraq, Then Obama Lost: Sorry, But That’s All Hooey
Bill Quick

Over at Instapundit, Glenn and others are back on the “Bush Won Victory In Iraq  But Obama Threw It All Away” bandwagon. Interestingly, they cite NYT war critic Dexter Filkins as a major source of this judgement.  Apparently, though, none … Continue reading

McArdle Makes Me Laugh
Bill Quick

Why reports of the GOP’s demise are exaggerated – StarTribune.com Back in 2004, commentators, possibly including me, were speculating about the possibility of a “permanent majority” for Republicans along the lines of the Democratic dominance of national elections following the … Continue reading

Did You Know That We Did Not Occupy Japan and Germany for 60 Years?
Bill Quick

It is a favorite trope of those who like to claim that George W. Bush “won” Iraq, while Barack Obama “lost” it (a contention that is obvious bullshit on its face, if you are capable of recognizing reality and applying … Continue reading

Bush’s Iraq Quagmire
Bill Quick

Questions and Observations | Free Markets, Free People So the boggy water, marsh grass and alligators for both quagmires was being greatly supplemented by outside forces in Vietnam and Afghanistan.    That’s called a proxy war. It’s been done for ages, … Continue reading

Yes, Virginia, George W. Bush Lost Iraq the Same Way He Lost the War On Muslim Terrorism
Bill Quick

Iraq joins Russia, Syria and Iran in new intelligence/security pact « Hot Air ISIS is the catalyst, or at least the excuse, for this alliance.  And most experts agree ISIS is mostly a result of the poor Iraq policy followed by … Continue reading

War on Truth, Justice, and the American Way
Bill Quick

Articles: Trumping the Republican Establishment In the eight years from 2001 to 2009 when the Republicans did control the White House (and both Houses of Congress for six years) spending skyrocketed, the nation became embroiled in an unnecessary and costly, … Continue reading

The Stupid, Delusional Lies About GW Bush’s “Victory” In Iraq
Bill Quick

The GOP presidential field’s dangerous fantasy on Iraq and Syria Then there’s Syria’s neighbor, Iraq. Bush last week held out the “success” of the 2007 surge in Iraq as an object lesson for re-engaging in Iraq and Syria. Unfortunately, he … Continue reading

Mike Totten Points Out the Obvious – Sort Of
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The Iran Delusion: A Primer for the Perplexed | World Affairs Journal The chattering class has spent months bickering about whether or not the United States should sign on to a nuclear deal with Iran, and everyone from the French … Continue reading

Mistakes Were Made
Bill Quick

Fewer in U.S. View Iraq, Afghanistan Wars as Mistakes WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amid a security situation in Iraq and Afghanistan that continues to be contentious, a smaller share of Americans now than last year view the conflict in Afghanistan or … Continue reading

Time to Pay the Sunni Barbarians In Iraq Again
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U.S. Embracing a New Approach on Battling ISIS in Iraq – NYTimes.com “These new advisers will work to build capacity of Iraqi forces, including local tribal fighters, to improve their ability to plan, lead and conduct operations against ISIL in … Continue reading

Now Sowell Has Drunk the Kool-Aid And Started Spouting Hooey
Bill Quick

Iraq Loss — Bush and Obama Both Made Mistakes | National Review Online But, despite things that could have been done differently in Iraq during the Bush administration, in the end President Bush listened to his generals and launched the … Continue reading

Pipe Dreams About Iraq and ISIL
Bill Quick

Marco Rubio: I don’t support nation-building, I support assisting the building of nations « Hot Air I could buy that if not for the fact that we’re already getting closer to sending American soldiers to take on ISIS, a project … Continue reading

Who Lost Vietnam?
Bill Quick

Rand Paul blames GOP hawks for rise of ISIS – US News WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is blaming his own party for the rise of the Islamic State group. The freshman senator from Kentucky said Wednesday … Continue reading

An Antidote to the “Bush Won In Iraq and Obama Threw It Away” Historical Revisionism From a General Who Fought That War
Bill Quick

The Truth About the Wars – NYTimes.com Here’s a legend that’s going around these days. In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq and toppled a dictator. We botched the follow-through, and a vicious insurgency erupted. Four years later, we surged … Continue reading

Strategery and Saddam, AQIA, and ISIL
Bill Quick

NBC Military Analyst: McCain ‘Absolutely Right’ That There’s No ISIS Strategy – Breitbart NBC News Military Analyst Col. Jack Jacobs, Ret. agreed with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s (R-AZ) assessment that there is no strategy against ISIS, although he took a different … Continue reading

Just a Reminder: When I Was Right, I Was Right
Bill Quick

The current conventional (and self-serving) wisdom among GOP stalwarts and Bush-bots (same thing) is that GWB had the Iraq “war” (really occupation) “won,” and all the Bad Stuff that has happened since was entirely Barack Obama’s fault. Well, here’s an … Continue reading

Mistakes Were Made
Bill Quick

This Iraq Charade Is Getting a Little Ridiculous | National Review Online Marco Rubio and Chris Wallace had a vigorous back and forth this morning on Fox News Sunday, centered around whether Rubio would describe the invasion of Iraq as … Continue reading

Since We Refused to Pursue Victory, Now We Get Death
Bill Quick

BREAKING: ISIS Executes 600 Yazidi Hostages in Tal Afar | The Gateway Pundit ISIS reportedly slaughtered 600-700 Yazidi prisoners in the Tal Afar region of northern Iraq. The execution of hundreds of Yazidis in the city of (Tal Afar) at … Continue reading

Rewriting History, One Lie At a Time
Bill Quick

From Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt: Unsurprisingly, Americans want to avoid war with Iran. The survey found 13 percent prefer military intervention against Iran’s nuclear program; 77 percent prefer a negotiated settlement to reduce its nuclear potential. But why, Jim?  Why … Continue reading

The Blood Spent In Israq Is Mosly On George W. Bush’s Hands
Bill Quick

From Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt today: But the point is there are roughly 32,000 men and women who came back from Iraq injured; 4,487 came back in flag-covered coffins. That is an extremely high price in American blood and far … Continue reading

A Pretty Good Summary Of George W. Bush’s Botched Iraq Fiasco
Bill Quick

America’s 5 Worst Wartime Presidents | The National Interest George W. Bush and Iraq: Bush encountered just about every trap in the path of presidents who take their country to war. First, he embraced a preventive-war doctrine, which heightened all … Continue reading

Enough, Already
Bill Quick

Emma Sky on America’s failure in Iraq: The rise of ISIS and the fall of Iraq weren’t inevitable. Obama abandoned Iraq on the timetable George W. Bush created for abandoning Iraq.  I know that’s really tough for you to accept, … Continue reading

Iraq Will Come Under Iran’s Sway
Bill Quick

Iran’s Conquest of Iraq As Iran firmly takes control of the government and military of Iraq, one must ask what the History books will say about the 03 war in Iraq – whether or not its only result was Iran … Continue reading

This Cake Was Baked A Dozen Years Ago
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Battle for Tikrit: Despite billions in aid, Iraqi army relies on militia, and Iran – CNN.com By then, the Iraqi security forces in their many guises had become an unwieldy machine that was more a welfare program than a fighting … Continue reading

Let Iraq Sink
Bill Quick

Let Iraq Die: A Case for Partition | World Affairs Journal Theoretically, Iraqis and Syrians still could have forged collective identities and ideals of patriotic nationalism between the time of their nations’ founding and now, but that didn’t happen in … Continue reading

It’s Not a Law Enforcement Matter
Bill Quick

‘Jihadi John’: Islamic State killer is identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi – The Washington Post LONDON — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic … Continue reading

The Ultimate Victor In Iraq Will Be Iran – Because We Are Idiots
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Shiite Militia Drives Back Islamic State, but Divides Much of Iraq – NYTimes.com At the same time, Mr. Ameri’s boast rings true: His militia has been among the most effective fighting forces against the Islamic State, gaining ground even as … Continue reading

So…What’s The Problem?
Bill Quick

American Sniper Pulled from Theater in Iraq | PJ Tatler “I wasn’t prepared to spend money to see it,” he said. “It portrays Americans as strong and noble, and Iraqis as ignorant and violent.” Shrug.  The generalization works for me. … Continue reading