In a speech delivered on July 12, 2007, President Bush predicted what would happen if the US didn't defeat the terrorists in Iraq. His point-by-point predictions are frighteningly accurate. Here's what he said:
PRES BUSH: I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. Beginning to withdraw our troops before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qa'ida. It would mean risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we'd allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability of American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy who is even more dangerous.
What's frightening is that each of President Bush's predictions are right in frightening detail. President Obama didn't negotiate a status of forces agreement which would've left 24,000 US troops in Iraq to maintain the peace. Notice that they wouldn't have been there to continue fighting a war. They would've been there to maintain the peace that resulted from the Surge and the Anbar Awakening.
President Bush was exactly right that pulling all of our troops out of Iraq "would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States." Thanks to the vacuum created by President Obama's decision to abandon Iraq, ISIL moved into Iraq to fill that vacuum.
ISIL is committing "mass killings on a horrific scale." They aren't just killing journalists. They're killing other civilians who don't agree with their violent ideology.
There's no question that the territory ISIL now controls in Syria is their command-and-control center. There's no question that the territory they control in central Iraq is where they control vast oil reserves that fund their terrorist operations. There's no question that ISIL has more military capabilities than al-Qa'ida in Iraq ever had.
Finally, with President Obama incrementally increasing our troop presence in Iraq that they're facing a much more dangerous enemy than the US military defeated with President Bush's leadership and Gen. Petraeus' plan.
President Bush was criticized by the Left when he left office. The world would be a better place with Barack Obama as president, they promised.
Unlike President Bush's predictions, however, the Left's predictions fell short of being accurate.