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Roger L. Simon

Israel and the ‘Jihadi Spring’

June 22nd, 2014 - 9:35 pm

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Forget the “Arab Spring” that never was.  We are now in a “Jihadi Spring” that is very real. That murderous Al Qaeda spinoff  the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), known locally as DAASH, has already taken control of large parts of Syria and Iraq and yesterday seized a transit point with Jordan.

But what do they really have in mind?  It’s not that hard to guess.  Frank Lamb, a man bizarrely sympathetic to DAASH/ISIS (a group that likes to lop off people’s heads!) and in contact with their leadership, writes at a website called muslimvillage.com that their dual goal is to establish a Sunni caliphate and, naturally, “liberate” Palestine:

With respect to events surrounding its takeover of Mosul and other social media broadcast exhibitions of mass brutality, ISIS claims it was done for a purpose, the same purpose that other state and non-state actors have used over the past two decades and that is for 90% of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims (Sunni) to free themselves from the oppression of the 10% (Shia).

Several reasons were given as to why Palestinians should hold out hope for ISIS succeeding in their cause when all other Arab, Muslim, and Western claimed Resistance supporters have been abject failures and invariably end up benefiting the Zionist occupation regime terrorizing Palestine. “All countries in this region are playing the sectarian card just as they have long played the Palestinian card but the difference with ISIS is that we are serious about Palestine and they are not. Tel Aviv will fall as fast as Mosul when the time is right”, a DAASH ally explained. Another gentleman insisted, “DAASH will fight where no one else is willing.”

If I were Benjamin Netanyahu, I would take them seriously — and I imagine he does.

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You mention it only in passing but the main problem is Israel being undercut by the West. Israel is on the front lines of this war. Our inability to identify the enemy is our first failure. One second is our inability to stomach the vast death and destruction a real war will bring to the enemy and their families.
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A man can be a Jew or he can be an Obama supporter, but he can't legally be a Jew and be an Obama supporter ... except in the usual way: one of the two with the mouth, the other with the heart. The spirit of Judaism proclaims the survival of Israel and the meaning of that has no longer been left to guesswork, but made tremendously definite ... the Jew must fight all who would commit or enable another genocide or enslavement of the Jews. That is the spirit and the law of Judaism.

Well, Obama has his beliefs and actions and it is a perfectly definite set, there is no vagueness about it. He commands that the Jew bow to the Muslim at every turn they do him hurt or threaten him and his children with death. Word it as softly as you please, the spirit of Obama is the spirit of the evil shadowed specter of the Beast of Austria insidiously billowing in and building and building to ever more horrific heights. The moment there is a question about a boundary line or a building or some Muslim somewhere complaining about any matter, see Obama rise, and see him spit at the Jew from the corner of his twisted forked mouth. The spirit of Obama being in its nature narcissistic and selfish -- it is in the man's line, it comes natural to him -- he can fully live up to all of the teachings of Jeremiah Wright and even of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; for the spirit of Judaism is entirely impossible to him.
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Obama/Jarrett/Power/Hagel/Malley

Which of them would be sad to see Israel surrounded?

In Obama's life, the strongest "influencers" have been according to his autobiographies and best that can be pieced together from his largely hidden, buried uninvestigated and murky past:

1) Frank Marshall Davis
2) Don Warden
3) Rashid Khalidi/ Edward Said (LA Times tape?)
4) Jeremiah Wright/a dear friend of Louis Farrakhan
5) Bill Ayers

Would any of the above be troubled by Israel being surrounded and facing the fangs and claws of rabid Jew hatred?


Our esteemed ladder climber Secretaries of State, Clinton and Kerry have done all the prep work to advance the Muslim Brotherhood, remove an Egyptian Mubarak and a domesticated, if not tamed Gaddafi...while partnering with Erdogan...to what ends, exactly?

They have a double secret sweetheart deal with Iran that has been completely hidden under a bizarre claim of "need" for lack of scrutiny.

They were up to something in Benghazi that required an even more murky and bizarre coverup.

And, Obama wanted to back Israel into a corner, to pre1967 lines, leaving them with a thread's thickness of defensible territory...while abandoning Jerusalem as their capital. Obama wanted to throw open Israel's borders to Arab invasion as he has America's.

To what end?

It is high time to stop ridiculously suggesting that Obama's ADMITTED closest mentor's, advisers, father figures and influencers have had no effect on his worldview, his decisions and his intent.

The fact that the criminal enterprise posing as a political party depends heavily on "liberals" and "Jewish money" means they have to also heavily camouflage the real feelings and intentions of Obama/Jarrett/Hagel/Power/Malley.

If anyone wanted the Woodstock Jihad to lose the Senate...unleash the truth and rip off this mask...six seats would be a picnic compared to the tidal wave off losses in the wake of such exposure.

Expose Clinton's henchman role (and tell Kerry he WILL be questioned) and that party will be reduced to ashes.

At no time in history is Israel's interests and those of patriotic Americans more in alignment than this very moment in time. Both face an existential threat. Both have common enemies. Both are being surrounded. Islamic Jihad and Woodstock Jihad are belly to belly with Israel and America's last stand.

It is time to stand up and protect each other.
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The Evil genie is out of the Bottle. It all began in 1967 when the Israeli Forces reclaimed all of Jerusalem but in a moment of weakness and misguided secular-Jewish largesse decided to allow the Muslim's Al Aksa Mosque to remain undisturbed on Temple Mount. Temple Mount is a Spiritual Vortex, given to the Jewish Nation to safeguard by the Holy ONE, the Omnipotent Force of all Forces in the Universe, with strict instructions as to what is allowed and forbidden on this most Awesome and powerful Spiritual Powerplant on planet earth.
The Jewish People have no Spiritual claim to the Holy Land when they do not fulfill their 'part of the bargain', that is, their G-d given responsibility under the Covenant to serve as
Custodians of the Mount. In effect, fulfilling that responsibility, more than any historical claims or 'legal' titles of ownership is what gives legitimacy to the Jewish possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
On a deep and subconscious spiritual level this truth is felt if not understood not only by the European Union and United Nations but particularly by our half brothers in the Muslim world who have rightfully concluded the weakness and spiritual faithlessness of the Jewish Nation in spurning G-d's Will. Their fraudulent possession of Temple Mount and the Israeli Government's complicity in reinforcing of this fraud by officially forbidding any Jewish prayer or even for Jews to set foot there has caused a world-shattering metaphysical imbalance, a short-circuit so to speak.
Since 1967 the cancer of Radical Islam has metastasized world-wide, threatening every civilization with physical and spiritual destruction. The 9-11 attacks, Violent terror attacks of non-Muslims, Islamic unrest and Sharia in Europe, everywhere Islam has a presence, the dread and unspeakable menace of two nuclear armed Islamic States, Pakistan and soon Iran just to name a very few nightmares.
Is this a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that all three major religions hold Jerusalem as sacred ground to be fought and died for? A coincidence that Jerusalem is never mentioned in Islam's holiest book, Koran, yet thousands of times in Jewish Scripture!
The truth is that nothing can stop this Cancer from spreading. Not Armed forces, Drone assassinations, Civil laws or security checkpoints. Not even the false panacea of a 'successful' political settlement with Arab Palestinians in Judea/Samaria for 'Palestinian' Statehood there will turn the tide and return the 'Genie' to the 'box'. Those are nothing but band-aids on soon-to-be terminal cancer. And more and more as the nations of the world, including formerly friendly ones in European Capitols and Washington D.C. Quietly have begun to openly question the merits, even the 'legitimacy' of the Jewish State, the situation facing Israel has become dire. Far worse than Iranian nukes is this other threat. Sadly, more and more American Jews have come to question Israeli status in that region. The BDS movement grows on American University campuses, most troubling as it now includes growing numbers of young liberal Jewish students, men and women.
Militarily, politically, philosophically, morally ...Israel is becoming weakened on many fronts. It is not certain the Jewish State can survive much longer under the expanded front.
Unless...The Jewish Nation will do what should have been done in 1967. Remove the Al Aksa from Temple Mount. Not destroy it for we Jews do not destroy. This golden-domed edifice can be disassembled brick by brick, placed on flat bed trucks, hauled overland and presented as a gift to the Hashemite King as a goodwill gesture.
We must Restore the balance to the Spiritual Vortex as was intended by the Holy ONE. There Is No Other Way. Yes, it will be painful. The region and world will bleed with Muslim fury and world-violence. For a while. And then, the cancer will die as the Genie of Spiritual imbalance is returned to the Bottle. There Is No Other Way. And Time Is Running Out.



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The Israeli's are going to take care of themselves regardless if 0bama likes it or not. They will also pay close attention to what the various terrorist groups have to publicly say about Israel. However I think the real bad guy in the ME is Iran; wouldn't surprise me to wake up one morning and find out that Tehran has been turned into a giant parking lot.
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Here's an update for you all to chew on. Apparently Debka was onto something this time....

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Israel-concerned-over-US-security-failures-in-Iraq-360331
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Who is going to back up Israel, other than with words, the next time Bibi does something that is seen in a poor light by Obama, Biden, and the rest of the deformed souls, reprobates, scoundrels, scalawags and similar ilk who have their paws on the levers of power?

I daresay Canada and Australia have a golden opportunity to be taken more seriously across the globe, than what is currently the case. Previously, they were an afterthought, but now, some are paying attention to what is said, and done, by the governments in Ottawa and Canberra.

Who else will stand up to the current Beltway scene, other than to side with ISISI?
17 weeks ago
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Adopt a policy that insures the maximum number of Sunnis and Shiites are enabled to murder the maximum numbers of Sunni and Shiites.
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Isn't that what Obama seems to be doing. If he realizes it then perhaps he is a brilliant new Cardinal Richelieu, whose pro-Islamic statements have been brilliant lies designed to set up Israel's next victory, hence Netanyahu's tolerance of him; if not, perhaps he is an idiot.
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Obama's policy is best described as a circle jerk.
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The Middle East troubles didn't start with the Arab Spring (as Roger Simon knows) but with the insertion of a modern Jewish state in the midst of a backward society. The new UN was no help, but rather sided with the oil states. See http://clarespark.com/2014/06/18/how-ralph-bunche-sold-out-and-failed-in-palestine/. Or read Bat Ye'or's EURABIA, boycotted by the left, multiculturalists, pan-Arabists, and Nazis alike.
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You have cut off hundreds of years of Arab history, and ignored the rise of Arab nationalism - something that would have occurred even without Zionism.
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"...if they don’t get unnecessarily undercut by the Obama administration."

Which we all know they will. In fact, it's a pretty good bet that Barry will go out of his way to unnecessarily undercut Isreal. Nothing makes him giggle more, that sticking it to Isreal.
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Jihad has a role in Muslim societies that we in the west have to strain to understand, it is a little like daily or weekly prayer, a little like little league baseball, a little like volunteering for the peace corps. It's something to do besides herding goats. It's what momma told you at the age of three. It's what you find when you open your holy scripture. What does it want? It passes the time.

This caliphate stuff is secondary. This jihadi army is like fantasy football for some rich, bored old Saudis. It keeps all the Islamic hoi polloi at a safe distance, killing each other.

This is unfortunate for much of the population, for the US, and for Israel. We have yet to really recognize it all for what it is, so that we can make a clear statement about it and maybe change the equation. It will probably continue UNTIL we make that clear statement and in a sufficiently loud way.
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When you have a culture where rich guys get four wives you end up with a lot of poor guys with nothing to do except go on jihad. They get their virgins in heaven.
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Get real.
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I'm mostly just paraphasing Bernard Lewis.

Or is this an expression of skepticism about our making things clear, which skepticism I agree with, and yet it's there if we'd just do it, Obambus the magic negro and crypto muslim won't be president forever, I hope ... nor did Dubya do a great job of it either, to anticipate yet another valid objection.
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The Arab spring BS was just cover for the Muslim Brotherhood Jihadi spring.

The Shia in Iraq turned to Iran. Oooopps. Juan McCain wanted to support the Sunni free Syrian army civil war with arms. Now, those so called rogue elements within the Sunni followers of Muhammad also have the weapons dropped by the Shia Iraq army. American tax dollars at work.

I suspect this was all planed in exchanged for what? One regional central bank and coin? Who is next? Region one of the WTO?
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I’m still on the fence as to whether it was “The Arab Spring That Never Was” or “The Arab Spring We Failed to Nurture And Support And Thus Let Die”…I lean toward the latter as I simply can’t shake this deep, deep dread that a moment of vast historical importance and opportunity blossomed and was allowed to wither.

And is there some talking points memo that goes out to Paulites and Democrats? I’ve heard the sudden “Iraq was a stable counterbalance to Iran” argument appear suddenly and monolithically…followed by a revision of history implying that Bush moved into Iraq without any popular support and vast warnings of doom from all right thinking men should he proceed.
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The Iraq as strategic counterbalance to Iran wasn't invented last week - that was the precise policy that our two successful GOP presidents of the last half century (Ronald Reagan and Bush 41) pursued successfully. Reagan came down on the side of SH and Iraq in the war with Iran, suppyling SH with weapons and no doubt a lot of intelligence and logistical support to ensure that the Iranians could not win and then overwhelm the rest of the Middle East. Bush 41 pursued that policy, even when SH invaded Kuwait, by limiting US and allied action to booting SH out of Kuwait, destroying his offensive capabilities, but leaving SH, the regime, and the defensive capabilities of Iraq intact to serve as a barrier to Iranian aggression in the ME.

GWB did not learn anything from his two successful GOP predecessors, and in fact seemed determined to "finsh" what his father never intended to do. And guess what - GWB's ill-advised deposing of SH led precisely to where we are today ... Iraq in a shambles, already partitioned, murderous ISIS thugs running amuck, and Iran "helpfully" offering to help its friends in the USA and Baghdad by sending in an invading army of Iranian National Guards/Quds Force. Not to mention over 4,500 American soldiers KIA, 45,000 wounded and many maimed for life, a trillion dollars down the toilet ... all to achieve this end? Neocons claimed Iraq as a victory - well, the USA cannot stand any more such pyhrric victories as that.

GWB shoulda listened to Dad.
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Completely wrong. Our strategy in Iraq WAS succeeding. Bush made two fatal errors. One, he refused to acknowledge Islam is a problem and allowed the Iraqi constitution to openly base itself on Islam. And, two, he let Democrats in congress and the State department actively undermine the war and reconstruction efforts.
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Nope - you're completely wrong. Our strategy in Iraq was an obvious and complete failure from its very inception - which is why Bush 41 refused to follow such a strategy in 1990.

You also cannot say it was a success and in the next breath say that GWB "made two fatal errors". Contrary to your comment, the problem is not Islam - after all there are many peaceful, stable Islamic nations in the world (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morrocco, etc.). The problem is an Iraq that was the sole creation of the Europeans after the Ottoman Empire collapsed after WWI. It was never meant to be a stable "nation" given its three incompatible cultures (Shia Arab, Sunni Arab, and Kurdish) - and could only be held together by a brutal strong man regime such as the Baathists under SH.

GWB upset the status quo by killing SH and killing the regime, and he could only hold "Iraq" together as long as we maintained hundreds of thousands of fighting troops in country (the 100,000 we had at the end of the initial war proved not to be near enough - we had to "surge" to 175,000 to defeat the invading terrorists taking advantage of the natural instability of the fake-nation state of Iraq). GWB also eliminated Irans principal enemy in the region, greatly freeing the Mullahs to do their worst all over the region.

What we see today are the direct and inevitable fruits of GWB's fiasco in Iraq.
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Your inclusion of Pakistan as a "peaceful, stable" Islamic country is hilarious. Peaceful it is not, nor particularly "stable."
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And how many wars have the Paks been in recently?
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"GWB shoulda listened to Dad."

Instead he listened to Dick Cheney. Big mistake.
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How was it a mistake to blow out state sponsors of terorism, bobbcat?

You and I are good buddies on this site. But, even OBAMA has admitted that things were relatively peaceful in Iraq just a short while ago..."but things change" he said.

Indeed they did. Indeed they did....
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Iraq was not a significant state sponsor of terrorism anywhere in the world. The primary state sponsor of terrorism for the last 30 years and counting was and is Iran - and Iraq was Iran's principal enemy. So by taking out SH and destabilizing Iraq, GWB (unwittingly) greatly aided and abetted the Iranian sponsorship of worldwide terror, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and even AQ as it entered Iraq to fight the sectarian war between Shia and Sunni and, of course, kill 4,500 American soldiers and maim another 45,000 American soldiers.

Iran also was the principal support for Hezbollah, which terrorized and destabilized both Lebannon and Syria, and Iran is also the primary sponsor for Hamas in Gaza - even though it is a Sunni group.

The Iranians supported both shia and Sunni terrorists in the destabilized Iraq puppet state left behind after GWB killed the Baathist regime. The Iranians shielded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Sunni AQ terrorist whom the Bush 43 admin identified as the number one terrorist in the region before he was finally killed in 2006. And of course Iran was the home base support for Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shian terror leader in Iraq.

And of course the Iranian Revolutionary Guard including its Quds Force fighters developed and implemented most of the more sophisticated IEDs that were used to slaughter and maim tens of thousands of American soldiers in Iraq. The Quds fighters even entered Iraq and directly fought US forces at various times during the "insurgency".
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All true...except ..."destabilizing Iraq"

I don't consider a society of woodchippers, rape rooms and gassed Kurds as "stable", at least by my definition.

The attack on Kuwait and the open threats against the US and Israel, the ENTIRE Clinton brain trust outlining the clear and present danger of Saddam passing off weapons of mass destruction to terrorists...suggest that "stability" is probably not accurate.

And while we were right next door...we kept Iran on edge.

The fact that Iran is, was and always has been (since Carter) the third leg of the stool of evil...does not make any other evil country less so.

Trying to understand Islamic Jihad by applying Woodstock attributes to the situation conflates enemies. This is like saying not to take out one group of gangbangers because another group is badder and will fill the void. So abandon the entire metropolitan area to them and let them turn it into a murder/armed robbery/rape crimefest.

You don't stop gangbangers by kissing their asses. No matter which way they face on their knees.
17 weeks ago
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All those people over there are nothing but barbarians, CFB. But at least SH was keeping a bit of a lid on things. GWB should have left well enough alone in the wake of SH being kicked out of Kuwait with Operation Desert Storm, IMO.

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Just to be clear: I've heard the Iraq counterbalance bit before, but over the weekend it was almost like everyone had received a copy of a prepared script to hit this point and make sure the blame would be squarely on Bush.
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I've written before, the homicidal maniacs Saddam, Q-Daffy and, to a lesser extent, Mubarak functioned, in fact, as a deterrent to the crazy forces now unleashed in the region.

Those talking heads just repeat the talking points they collectively receive. For those parrots, it is called thinking and analysis.
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"I’ve heard the sudden “Iraq was a stable counterbalance to Iran” argument appear suddenly..."

One of the reasons Iran got so hot and bothered about acquiring a nuclear weapon was a "never again" mindset following Saddam's 1980 invasion of Iran.
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If Iraq was Iran's motivation for starting a nuke program around the year 2000, they sure had a slow fuse, given that the war with Iraq ended in 1986.

Nope - Iran wanted to replicate Pakistan's success, thinking (logically) that as long as they had a nuke weapon in their pocket, they were free to bully all of their neighbors, and likely slip one into the hands of one of their puppet terror groups to light off in Tel Aviv or NYC whenever they felt like it.
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From the always (not) reliable wikipedia...

"In 1981, Iranian governmental officials concluded that the country's nuclear development should continue...In April 1984, West German intelligence reported that Iran might have a nuclear bomb within two years with uranium from Pakistan...From the beginning of the 1990s, Russia formed a joint research organization with Iran called Persepolis which provided Iran with Russian nuclear experts, and technical information."

At the very least, I think you need to check your date for Iran's burgeoning interest in nuclear capacity.
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You're right, Wikipedia is not always reliable. The use of Pakistan for uranium obviously never materialized (no doubt in large part because we exposed the Abdul Kdeer Kahn ring and threatened Pakistan if they proliferated weapons. In any case, a nuke weapons program that does not produce its own weapons grade nuclear material is not and has not ever been the issue in Iran - it is their program to create their own feed weps material from centrifuges that has represented the entire Iranian nuke program for more than a decade. A program GWB did nothing about.
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There was a general consensus in Iran after the 8 years of carnage of Saddam's invasion (1980-88) to never be in such a position of vulnerability again and achieving a deliverable nuclear weapon (deliverability is still an issue) was part of that consensus.

I vaguely recall AQ Khan sold material and blueprints to Iran and Iran complained that what they got was outdated.

Your main aggravating characteristic DT is the certainty with which you make the claims that you do. And of course the regularity and predictability with which you bash GWB, almost as tedious as democrats' fallback position (still today "blame Bush") on almost any topic at all.
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I don't "bash" GWB on any other topic but his Iraq invasion. Other than that I thought he did a pretty decent job as President, and was subject to a tremendous amount of actual bashing (such as bogus charges that he lied to prop up Cheney's former employer and purposefully lied to get us into the war in Iraq, or even wanted the 9/11 attacks to proceed which is beyond any sane interpretation of his acts as President).

But the chief topic for the last two weeks now has been Iraq and how it has finally fully unraveled, so if it seems that I am on a tear against GWB, it's a matter of circumstances. I liked his dad very much, and think that Bush 41 actually was one of the most under-appreciated Presidents of all time .. and underappreciated not only by Dems, but by Republicans in particular.

Likewise, I am a fan of Jeb Bush (having actually worked for him politically-speaking at one time, as a private citizen and not as a government employee) and think that he deserves at least serious consideration, should he decide to run for the Presidency. Way too many Republicans write him off simply because his last name is Bush, which is silly.
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"...so if it seems that I am on a tear against GWB"

The "tear" you seem to be on is obsessing over giving ISIS/Iraq too much attention while the REALLY REALLY BIG BAD ENEMY is Iran.

I'm tired of Bushes, 'tis true, but don't favor Jeb for reasons other than his last name.
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