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The Prophet and the Clown

October 13, 2014

In 2007 the Prophet told us exactly what would happen if we pulled out of Iraq against the advice of the military commanders. He predicted that we would see mass killings on a horrific scale, and that terrorists would again establish a safe haven in Iraq. Does this sound like what is going on today? Can anyone say “ISIS?"
The Clown made fun of the Prophet. He said Iraq was a safe and stable nation, well capable of defending itself. He undermined the negotiations for a Status of Forces agreement that would have allowed us to keep troops in Iraq. He proceeded to use the fact that we didn’t have the agreement as his excuse for leaving Iraq for the terrorists to take over again. He thinks Americans are so stupid that we forgot that he campaigned on getting every U.S. warrior out of Iraq ASAP.
On July 7, 2007 (as reported in the Washington Post on 7/12/07), President George W. Bush said:
“I will rely on General Petraeus to give me his recommendations for the appropriate troop levels in Iraq. I will discuss the recommendation with the secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I will continue consultations with members of the United States Congress from both sides of the aisle. And then I'll make a decision.
“I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we're ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to Al Qaida.
“It would mean that we'd be 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 we'd be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
Did you catch that last line? Let me repeat it. Read it out loud: It would mean we'd be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.
Isn’t that exactly what is happening today? Because we left too early, and left no troops there, much of Iraq is now in the hands of 31,500 ISIS terrorists. (ISIS is just a different flavor of the al Qaeda terrorist organization that Obama claimed he had “crushed.") Now, Bush's predictions of seeing “mass killings on a horrific scale” have materialized.
I don’t think President Bush was speaking prophetically in the Biblical sense. But he did know the enemy. He listened to experienced counselors. He understood the threat. And he had brains. And he was right.
Contrast the Prophet with the Clown. He has never understood the enemy. He constantly refers to them as “peaceful.” He refuses to listen to anyone but politicos. He doesn’t understand the threat. If he did he never would have handed over Iraq the way he did, and caused us to lose everything we had gained because of his immature political campaign promise. As to whether he has any brains – I’ll let you decide that one. What we do know for sure is that he was wrong to pull all our troops out.
Matthew 12:43-45 tells us that when an unclean (evil) spirit is cast out of a person it goes looking for a place to live, but can’t find one. Then it says, “I’ll go back to the house where I was.” When he finds that the house is not only empty, but has been cleaned, he calls seven of his buddies (who are even worse than he is), and says, “Let’s party!” Matthew says that the end condition is worse than our original situation.
Isn’t that an accurate picture of what has happened? I wonder if President Bush was thinking about these verses when he spoke the words above. The U.S.-led coalition cast out the evil spirits that consisted of Saddam Hussein and his reign of terror. We cleaned out the house. And then we stupidly left it empty.
Of course the evil returned and brought seven times as much evil with it. We invited them back in. We knew the Iraqi military was neither sufficiently trained nor motivated to defend its own country. There have been hundreds of interviews with both field grade officers and high-level enlisted personnel. They say that the Iraqis were simply not ready.

The Clown’s military commanders adamantly expressed the need for him to leave a force there, as we have done after almost every military conflict in our history. But the Clown said, “I’m the Commander-in-Chief. I know more than all of you decorated officers who have among you a combined several hundred years of military experience. We’re pulling out all our troops – because I promised the Left wing of my Leftist Party that I would do so.”
Almost everyone among his cabinet and his security advisors begged him to leave sufficient troops in Iraq to continue to train the Iraqi military and maintain our presence there in case the situation deteriorated. These included CIA Director Leon Panetta; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.
Did the Clown listen to his Military Commanders? Did he listen to the national security advisors he had personally appointed? No, he listened to the political hacks who have run the White House (and indeed this entire nation) since he first took office. January 20, 2008 will go down in history as the day when politics rather than National Security became the primary motivation of the U.S. Government.
FDR, after confiscating 40% of the nation’s private wealth by stealing gold from Americans by Executive Order in 1933, was asked if that was a political decision. His answer? “Every decision is political.” To people like Roosevelt and Obama, this is true. But to the many patriotic presidents with whom we have been blessed, presidents who put the nation’s security and welfare above their own agendas and personal ambitions, it is not just a lie – it is a repulsive lie.

From the day he took office, Obama has acted more like a monarch than a chief executive. He has ignored the Founders' wise Separation of Powers. If he didn’t like what Congress passed, he circumvented them with Executive Orders. He had the audacity to scold the U.S. Supreme Court during a State of the Union Address because they dared to rule in a way he didn’t like. (They should have stood up and walked out on him, in my opinion.)
When this Clown ignored the prophetic words of George W. Bush about what would happen if he kept his political promises, he doomed us to having to go back and win back all that for which our military had fought and died. When he ignored virtually all his advisors (except the unelected political operators) he ensured that vicious terrorists would use Iraq as their playground.
And now (in his other role as Blamer-in-Chief) he has blamed the intelligence community for not warning him of the threat of ISIS. This man has never taken responsibility for any of his failings. But to blame the intelligence community when they have tried to brief him on ISIS every single day for the last two years is ludicrous.

The man missed almost two thirds of his daily intelligence briefings. President Bush almost never missed a briefing. But then, he took the job far more seriously than Obama has. 
Obama’s multitudes of vacations, golf games and fundraisers have taken up 50% of his waking hours since he assumed office. Now the Middle East is paying for his playboy lifestyle. And if ISIS keeps its promise, so will the U.S. mainland before too long.
Proverbs 11:14 reads, “A nation falls through a lack of guidance, but victory comes through the counsel of many.” Hopefully Obama will read this verse before our nation fails. Hopefully he will rein in his arrogance and listen to the counsel of others far more qualified than he, particularly in matters of national security. Pray that he does.
Leon Panetta Lashes out at Obama for pulling US forces out of Iraq
Prophetic Remarks by President Bush on Pulling our Troops from Iraq Too Early
Obama’s Shameful ‘Not My Decision’ to Pull Troops out of Iraq Claim
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Bush Was Right About Not Leaving Iraq Too Soon

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