Former U.S. Special Forces Commander Confirms: Bush Invasion Of Iraq Created ISIS
The fact that Bush created ISIS isn’t all, either. President Bush also released the future leader of ISIS claiming that he was “harmless.” Mission accomplished, asshole.
That’s right, the former commander of U.S. Special Forces under President George W. Bush put the nail in the coffin once and for all about who is responsible for the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and guess what, conservatives? It’s NOT President Obama.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is now retired, so he has no problem setting history straight. During an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel, Flynn admitted that the Bush administration was “too dumb” to realize they had captured Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. So they released him because they didn’t deem him a threat. Now, the guy is the top commander of the terrorist group known as ISIS. Here is a bit of the transcript of that interview:
SPIEGEL ONLINE: In February 2004, you already had Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in your hands — he was imprisoned in a military camp, but got cleared later as harmless by a US military commission. How could that fatal mistake happen?
Flynn: We were too dumb. We didn’t understand who we had there at that moment. When 9/11 occurred, all the emotions took over, and our response was, “Where did those bastards come from? Let’s go kill them. Let’s go get them.” Instead of asking why they attacked us, we asked where they came from. Then we strategically marched in the wrong direction.
Then Flynn confirmed that invading Iraq in response to 9/11 was a huge blunder by the Bush Administration, because the resulting destabilization of the region led to the formation of ISIS, which has ravaged Syria and Iraq ever since American forces pulled out because of a status of forces agreement Bush signed before leaving office. Flynn acknowledged that the focus should have been on Osama bin Laden instead of Saddam Hussein.