In tonight's thrilling episode of Centrist Suspense Theater, Mr. David Brooks of the New York Times and Mr. David Corn of Mother Jones investigate certain elements of what historians now refer to as George W. Bush's Operation Endless Clusterfuck.
First, Mr. Corn sets the scene by accurately recounting the historical facts:
DAVID CORN: I mean, I have to laugh a little bit, because I think he was setting a record for chutzpah.I mean, it wasn’t until after his brother’s invasion of Iraq that you had something called al-Qaida in Iraq. And that was the group that morphed into ISIS. So ISIS is a direct result of the war in Iraq right there. And so he’s wrong on the history.But then he said what happened was that Obama and Hillary Clinton orchestrated this quick withdrawal after everything was secure. Nothing was really secure in 2009-2010. You can ask Tom Ricks about that. But it was George W. Bush in December 2008 who created the agreement with Prime Minister Maliki that said that U.S. troops had to be out by 2011.And then Obama didn’t renegotiate that. And there is a lot of question as to whether he could even have, given the political situation in Baghdad itself. So Bush is totally — Jeb Bush is totally rewriting this. And my question is, why is he even talking about Iraq?
Then, as usual, Mr. Brooks has some novel theories on the subject (emphasis added):
DAVID BROOKS: Yes. He wants to have an anti-terror foreign policy.I give him a little more credit, of course. I think the war did help create al-Qaida in Iraq. So, both parties have something to answer for. Ultimately, ISIS created ISIS. It wasn’t us, but allowing the environment — so the Bush administration, the failed war, that had a — some contributory factor.I do think that we abandoned Iraq too quickly, left too quickly, left a void in the Sunni areas, which ISIS was completely happy to fill. But more important — and this is a bigger indictment of the Obama administration — we did nothing about the Syrian civil war. And that created the biggest void...
This would have been an ideal time for Mr. Corn to crack open a copy of The Weekly Standard and begin reading aloud from one of Mr. Brooks' infamous columns in which he pronounced the Iraq War over, George W. Bush a genius, and the Left -- you and me -- delusional idiots who are so depraved that we would probably never admit that Dubya won the Iraq War, but instead spend out declining years getting more and more angry, delusional and irrelevant.
But Mr. Corn did not do that.
Because that would be rude.