Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani attacked Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on “The O’Reilly Factor” when he said she “could be considered a founding member of ISIS.”
Giuliani claims that Clinton is partly responsible for the rise of the extremist terrorist group because she was Secretary of State during President Barack Obama’s first term.
Giuliani elaborated his theory further:
“By being part of an administration that withdrew from Iraq. By being part of an administration that let [former Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki run Iraq into the ground, so you forced the Shiites to make a choice. By not intervening in Syria at the proper time. By being part of an administration that drew 12 lines in the sand and made a joke out of it.”
When host Bill O’Reilly made the point that Clinton couldn’t force policy on Obama and the most she could have done was resign, Giuliani suggested that is the route she should have taken by saying, “Yeah — which is what a patriot does.”
Giuliani is actually quite mistaken. The Obama administration has only been trying to clean up the mess made by the warmongering right-wing politicians during George W. Bush’s presidency.
It’s easy for conservatives to blame Democrats, refugees, Muslims and whomever else for problems their shady politics have caused.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rightfully pointed out that terrible decisions made during Bush’s presidency, such as the invasion of Iraq, are to blame for these terrorist organizations.
“I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely and led to the rise of al Qaeda and to ISIS,” Sanders said during a presidential debate in November.
President Obama himself has previously traced the origins of ISIS back to the Iraq invasion in 2003, referring to the rise of ISIS as an “unintended consequence” of the war.
“Two things: One is, ISIL is a direct outgrowth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion,” Obama told VICE News. “Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”
The facts are clear: the unnecessary war in Iraq is what led to the rise of ISIS and it has been explained several times over.
Giuliani was asserting his loyalty to Bush and Dick Cheney while trying to use some “reverse psychology” by targeting the Obama administration. He is particularly dragging Clinton through the mud as she is on track to becoming the Democratic presidential nominee.
Clinton is not innocent nor is she perfect; she has been criticized for flip-flopping, pandering, race-baiting, and lying throughout her political career and campaign. But, one thing she most certainly cannot be held accountable for is the rise of ISIS.
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