September 8, 2015

WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR FRED HIATT IS UNSPARING: “This may be the most surprising of President Obama’s foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for the tragedy.”


When Obama pulled all U.S. troops out of Iraq, critics worried there would be instability; none envisioned the emergence of a full-blown terrorist state. When he announced in August 2011 that “the time has come for President Assad to step aside,” critics worried the words might prove empty — but few imagined the extent of the catastrophe: not just the savagery of chemical weapons and “barrel bombs,” but also the Islamic State’s recruitment of thousands of foreign fighters, its spread from Libya to Afghanistan, the danger to the U.S. homeland that has alarmed U.S. intelligence officials, the refugees destabilizing Europe.

And even this is too kind. The “red line” fiasco was a signal that nobody needed to pay attention to U.S. views. The Iraq withdrawal was, in fact, predicted to be a disaster, and took place against the advice of the generals. And the Libya disaster was a war-of-choice, in violation of a disarmament deal we’d already made with Khaddafy.

Worst President ever. And yet the Dems still bleat about Bush. But of course, who would want to confront the magnitude of the disaster they have foisted on the nation, and the world.

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