CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2016 — Twenty-six years to the day that Saddam Hussein decided to expand Iraq’s reach, he remains more controversial in America than in Iraq.
Recall the timeline of events in Iraq.
Aug. 2, 1990: Saddam Hussein’s Iraq invades Kuwait. President George Herbert Walker Bush says, “This will not stand.”
Jan. 15, 1991: America wages war to drive Saddam out of Iraq. Democrats declare Operation Desert Storm a failure before it begins. The mission totally succeeds. Democrats then declare failure because Saddam was not removed from power even though the coalition only allowed for him to be driven out of Kuwait.
1991-2003: Saddam violates 17 United Nations resolutions, including Resolution 1441, which authorizes the use of force. While he was not responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, he was responsible for sponsoring global terrorism. The Bush Doctrine vows to punish anyone who sponsors terrorism, making Saddam Hussein fair game for attack.
March 19, 2003: President George W. Bush, after giving Saddam 48 hours to step down peacefully, begins the process of removing him. Despite being an anti-war leftist, Sen. Hillary Clinton votes for the war to preserve her presidential ambitions. Democrats declare the mission a failure before it starts. In only three weeks, Saddam is toppled for good. That part of the mission is a total success.
2004: Saddam is found in a spider hole, tried, convicted and hanged. Sen. John Kerry, who voted for the war before he voted against it, makes the Iraq War the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. President Bush is re-elected.
2005: Democrats unilaterally and retroactively decide that the rationale for the Iraq War was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Hillary Clinton and John Kerry had the exact same intelligence information that President Bush did.
WMD were found in 2005. Democrats ignore this discovery, declare that had Saddam never had WMD, and that “Bush lied, people died.” Those with actual intelligence information willing to tell the truth confirm multiple reports that Saddam had them and smuggled them into Syria before he was ousted.
While the actual purpose of the Iraq War was regime change, Democrats successfully win the public relations war. They make WMD the story rather than regime change, allowing a Bush success to be spun into a failure.
2006: Americans still face a determined insurgency that cannot win on the battlefield but can pick off one soldier at a time in sniper attacks. President Bush brings in General David Petraeus, who authorizes the surge. Democrats declare the surge a failure before it begins.
Hillary Clinton turns against the war she voted for. The surge is a success. Iraq is stabilized and well on its way to being a functioning secular democracy with civil institutions along the lines of Turkey at the time. Hillary Clinton reminds people she voted for the war.
2008: Anti-war Sen. Barack Obama from Illinois is elected president. In the primary he defeated Clinton, who was for and against the war. He vows to bring troops home from Iraq, not even leaving a sufficient peacekeeping force. Hillary Clinton becomes his secretary of state, enforcing his decisions.
2010: Obama and Vice President Joe Biden declare victory in Iraq. They remove virtually all of the troops over the advice of military generals, putting a political campaign promise above sound policy. ISIS fills the void. Iraq’s hard fought gains are lost as Obama dismisses ISIS as a “JV (junior varsity) team.”
2011-2016: Iraq and the rest of the world descend into chaos and Islamist violence as Obama and Clinton refuse to acknowledge radical Islam exists. They ban the phrase from being uttered. ISIS gets stronger, al Qaeda regroups and gets stronger, and Boko Haram becomes bloodier than ever. Clinton helps Obama pass the Iran deal to give Iran 150 million American dollars in exchange for absolutely nothing except hollow promises that cannot be enforced.
2016: ISIS is stronger than ever. Successful radical Islamist attacks now occur in the United States on a regular basis and globally on a daily basis. Clinton is now bashing George W. Bush’s war that she was for and against. Democrats blame Bush for starting the war in the first place rather than admit that Bush succeeded and his successor Obama failed.
The world is engulfed in flames. Despite having played a major role in foreign policy and national security failures, Clinton runs for president again on her experience while simultaneously not talking about her results in Iraq or anywhere else. Twenty-six years after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, Hillary Clinton still lacks a coherent foreign policy on Iraq.