George W. Bush is turning out to be the most powerful president in history, with the capability of influencing public opinion five years after being in office without even saying a word. On Wednesday, James Carville blamed the former president for the fact that many Americans do not support Obama's proposed military strike on Syria during an appearance on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor."
"You know, what I would say and maybe a little bit of a different view here. I think what really is freaking people out is the incompetence of the Bush administration in Iraq," he told O'Reilly.
"You're going to blame Bush?" O'Reilly shot back.
"Of course, the Iraq thing is why people have so much trepidation about going into Syria. They said the last time we went over there, look what happened. I really think this has something to do with it," Carville added.
"It’s easier and instinctive for Carville to blame Bush for a lack of public confidence than it might be to assume any trepidation about the Obama administration leading a military charge could be due to their woeful, incompetent response during and after Benghazi," a post at Twitchy said.
"Next up: 'Obamacare is Bush's fault!'" tweeted "Michele Frost."
A post at Redstate observes that Carville is doing what he does best, which is provide spin for Democrats.
"It matters not what that administration does or what he has to say in order to stay on point," the post said.
The problem is that the administration is finding it tough to sell another conflict to a war-weary and skeptical public.
The Washington Post published a poll that shows 59 percent of all adults oppose involvement in Syria. Even if allies like Britain and France get involved, opposition still remains at 51 percent. Seventy percent also oppose supplying arms to the Syrian rebels.
But is that Bush's fault as Carville suggests, or is it because the public doesn't have confidence in Obama's handling of the situation?
Last August, Obama painted a "red line," but blamed the entire planet for it on Wednesday, telling the world he didn't draw the line. Actions like this do not inspire confidence in the president's ability to manage a crisis, and the polls seem to bear that out.
"The Arab Spring has sprung, The Recovery Summer has relapsed. Our Nobel Prize-Winner of a President is looking to start a major aggressive action under specious pretenses. Nobody has confidence in what he says or what he intends to do. So Carville wisely chose not to discuss President Obama at all," Redstate added.
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