Why do so many Republicans think Obama is "soft on terror" when the facts clearly show otherwise.?
Obama is the world leader in killing terrorists. GW Bush: "I'm not all that worried about Bin Laden." Obama: Killed Bin Laden and decimated Al Qaeda's leadership. GW Bush: long family ties to the Saudi's. Airlifted a couple dozen of them outta here two days after 9/11 - hours after smoking a cigar with the Saudi ambassador - rather than QUESTIONING HIM. Obama's terrorist kill rate makes GW look like a child. He has dropped so many drone strikes that we liberals are getting nauseous. He and partners have killed around 6,000 ISIS fighters. YET REPUBLICANS make it sound like we've done NOTHING. Why is this? When the record is CLEAR. Obama kills lots of bad guys. And Republicans - well, they let Bin Laden go when they had him cornered in Tora Bora. I guess Iraq (where there was no connection to 9/11 or Al Qaeda) was more important?
Is President Obama to blame for the emergence of ISIS?
Absolutely. I love some of these answers from Obama apologists; they all come down to "blame Bush." Well, this one falls squarely on Barack Obama. The Bush administration invaded Iraq to stop the growth of terrorism. Saddam had been trolling around for a way to win greater acclaim in the terrorism world and WMDs were it. He'd been working with the small fry, funding suicide bombers and the like for years, but with Osama kicked out of Afghanistan, Saddam had a major opportunity. With a supposed disarmament that everyone knew was badly bungled (and 250 chemical weapons were found ) and enough evidence of a biological program to at least appear realistic, he knew real terrorists would be interested. But so was Bush and he invaded. The Bush administration did make a major mistake by dissolving the Iraqi military. This was a major cause of the Iraqi insurgency. However, in spite of heavy domestic opposition, Bush appointed new generals, reset the strategy, and by bringing the Sunnis into the government neutralized the vast majority of that insurgency. It was, in the words of Barack Obama, "an Iraq that is sovereign, stable, and self-reliant." (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/2...) That was January of 2009. According to an article from Der Spiegel, the leaders of ISIS where jailed during the Bush administration (during 2006-08). They even survived the last gasp of the US military in 2010 as military leaders tried to eliminate the worst of the terrorists before the withdrawal. But afterwards, that is during the Obama era and with a timeline driven by Obama's fumbling foreign policy, ISIS grew and formed into the terrorist threat it is today. (http://www.spiegel.de/internatio...)And lastly, a word about the withdrawal and the SOFA. Bush negotiated several of these during his administration. Each time the Iraqis asked for full judicial power over US troops and each time Bush turned them away. Each new SOFA came with an extended timeline. In 2008 Bush was trying to negotiate a six year deal, but had to accept a three year extension. In the State Department's final handover briefing they specified how to negotiate a new one with an extended deadline and very limited jurisdiction. Evidently Hilary shredded that. In Jan of 2009, ISIS's leaders were just getting out of detention. They formed, reformed and grew ISIS entirely on Obama's watch. 99% of the blame goes to Obama.
Why did Bush ignore 9/11 warnings?
On Aug 6, 2001, CIA hand delivered an urgent memo entitled "Bin Laden determined to strike within the US"..... it warned "al Qaeda agents in the US are planning hijackings and attacks in NYC" while Bush was on vacation at his Crawford Ranch in Texas. Bush reportedly said "Covering your A$$ES huh?" and threw the urgent warning in the trash! He went golfing the next day and remained on vacation for the rest of the month without ever discussing the warning with anyone on his staff. The 9-11 Commission found that Bush "had the blue prints to al Qaeda's plans and did NOTHING." They also found that when Clinton was warned of similar hijackings in 1998, he alerted the airliners and raised security to red alert. Bush didn't even do that. So why did Bush ignore warnings?
Describe the major shift in foreign policy under President George W. Bush?
How about preemptive war? The decision to invade Iraq was the worst foreign policy blunder in modern history. 4,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died. Remember Shock and Awe? It was the random destruction of residential neighborhoods in the hope of hitting someone important. And think of the marketing job. We’ll be welcomed as Liberators. The insurgency is in its last throes. Major combat operations have ended. We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. If we don’t fight them there we’ll have to fight them here. It was a disgusting and shameful chapter in American History, followed by the worst economic crash since the Great Depression. By comparison, President Obama is doing very well, domestically and internationally.
Has the word 'terrorist' lost it's meaning?
"YOU CRAZY LIBRUL! HOW DARE YOU QUESTION OUR COUNTRY'S RAIGHT TUH CALL YEW A TURRURYST!!" yup. would agree. I'm also tired of being called a liberal when i disagree...especially when I'm not. And shortly after being called a commie, I'm told to move to another country. I'm seriously thinking about it. I don't wanna be on the recieving end when we piss enough of the world off and every nukes US!