September 1, 2016
FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: The America Obama Leaves Behind. Jim Geraghty writes that “His successor will inherit a mess comparable to the one he inherited in 2008.”
Actually, in many ways a worse one – as Bill McGurn noted in the Wall Street Journal on the day of Obama’s inauguration in 2009, “Bush’s Real Sin Was Winning in Iraq.” To the point where shortly thereafter, Obama and Biden were bragging about what a success Iraq was, before, as Dexter Filkins of the New Yorker noted, Obama unilaterally withdrew all American troops for a reelection talking point, thus throwing it all away and giving rise to ISIS.
And then there’s terrible destruction Obama caused taxpayers via one of the greatest lies ever told — repeatedly — by an American president: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
Then there’s all of the racial discord that Obama and his attorney general ginned up, again with election years in mind. Or to put it another way: