Fox News claimed this morning that President George W. Bush was right about Iraq because the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has taken over some cities in the war-torn country.
“Some say the Islamic militant group that is violently overtaking large parts of Syria and now Iraq could have been stopped if the situation there had not been neglected,” stated Fox News host Martha MacCallum, noted RawStory.com (video below).
“In fact, in 2007, President George W. Bush pretty much laid this out as it is happening,” claimed MacCallum.
MacCallum later added that “pretty much everything” President Bush said in 2007 had come true.
However, ThinkProgress.org reports that MacCallum failed to mention that President Bush said during a 2007 press conference that U.S. would not “begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready.”
Admiral Mike Mullen, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recommended in late 2008 that U.S. troop withdrawal could occur because Iraq was growing more stable.
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MacCallum also failed to mention that it was President Bush who signed an agreement in 2008 with the Iraqi government that promised U.S. military troops would leave Iraq by 2012.
Finally, London School of Economics and Political Science professor Fawaz Gerges recently told CNN: "Hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled officers of Saddam Hussein's... joined ISIS" after the Bush administration disbanded Iraq's military forces.
"[This] has allowed ISIS to basically have skills, to have motivation, to have command and control," added Gerges. "It's a mini-army fighting both in Iraq and Syria."