With military action in Syria becoming more of a reality by the day, the American people are tired just thinking about war. After the bad taste left in their mouths from Iraq and Afghanistan, most people are against the idea of another war.
After nearly a decade of dealing with the shadow of two wars, recent polls have shown that the American people are firmly against a new war, this time in Syria. With President Obama putting congress to the test when it comes to a military strike in Syria, the reminder of the costly war in Iraq quickly arises. While it's universally accepted that the war in Iraq was a mess, a bad decision and based on, if nothing else, "bad intelligence," not everyone is convinced.
One defender of the Iraq war is strong Republican supporter and conservative radio show host, Rush Limbaugh. During his radio show this week, Limbaugh not surprisingly criticized the Obama administration for their handling of the crisis in Syria, claiming their only plan is to "blame Bush." The biggest "whopper" by Limbaugh came moments later when he actually had the nerve to state that the war in Iraq wasn't a mess and that the only reason it appeared that way was due to the main stream media.
"That's the Obama administration in a nutshell: "How do we blame everything on the Republicans?" James Carville was on O'Reilly last night. We got the tape. Blame Bush! You know why this mess exists? Is because Bush went into Iraq, and everybody hated it, and now nobody trusts Obama to do the right thing because of Bush. If Bush hadn't made such a mess of Iraq, then everybody would be totally supporting Obama, but everybody remembers what a mess that was.
Hey, James? Let me tell you the truth -- something you know, my friend. Iraq was not a mess. You guys made it a mess in the US media and in the halls of Congress, but it wasn't a mess. You guys made it that. You convinced people it was a mess. This is cowardice, to go back and keep blaming this on Bush."
The war in Iraq lasted nearly a decade, took thousands of lives and cost the United States over $800 billion. After finding out that there was never any weapons of mass destruction, the main reason the invasion took place, the war continued on with no light at the end of the tunnel. Now that nearly all the troops have been removed, the memory of the mistake is engraved into the minds of millions of Americans. For Rush Limbaugh to suggest that the war was anything other than a mess is misleading and an outright lie to his listeners. Considering what he usually pushes on his show, his claims should blend right in.