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Barbara Boxer blames George W. Bush for current crisis in Iraq

Barbara Boxer blames Bush for current crisis in Iraq.
Barbara Boxer blames Bush for current crisis in Iraq.
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It's become standard operating procedure for many on the left. Whenever something bad happens, blame George W. Bush. Such was the case Thursday when Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, blamed the former president for the current crisis in Iraq, Talking Points Memo reported.

She also hammered Republicans who supported the war in Iraq but now criticize Barack Obama's handling of the situation as part of the "blame-America-first crowd."

"Some of the biggest GOP cheerleaders for the disastrous war in Iraq are now joining the blame-America-first crowd rather than working with our Commander-in-Chief to confront this crisis," she said.

Boxer also said the current mess in Iraq "has its roots in an ill-conceived war," and said that while the U.S. should "go after" ISIS, the Sunni organization taking over parts of Iraq, "any U.S. action must be well-considered and well-executed in coordination with our allies and the Iraqi government and military, which we helped train and arm."

Boxer, TPM added, was one of 23 senators who voted against the resolution authorizing use of force in Iraq in 2002.

But it seems the real root of the current problem may lie in the fact that the Obama administration released the man who now runs ISIS in 2009.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the new leader of ISIS, is called the "driving force behind al-Qaeda’s resurgence throughout Syria and Iraq, putting it at the forefront of the war to topple President Bashar al-Assad and starting a fresh campaign of mayhem against the Western-backed government in Baghdad."

He was arrested by U.S. forces in 2005 and held at Camp Bucca where, the Telegraph added, other al Qaeda leaders were held. He was released in 2009. According to the Telegraph, he may have been one of thousands of suspected insurgents "granted amnesty as the US began its draw down in Iraq."

“This guy was a Salafi (a follower of a fundamentalist brand of Islam), and Saddam’s regime would have kept a close eye on him,” Dr Michael Knights, an Iraq expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Telegraph. “He was also in Camp Bucca for several years, which suggests he was already considered a serious threat when he went in there.”

Now, he has taken a large swath of Iraqi territory, forcing Americans to evacuate from a major air base in Iraq located just an hour northwest of Baghdad.

"That Saigon roof is sounding more and more real," said a post at Weasel Zippers.