Don Ewing, a local Tea Party spokesperson and frequent letter writer, has yet another letter in the local papers, attempting to explain Donald Trump's repeated comments that President Obama was the founder of ISIS as mere "sarcasm." His opinion is that any " rational" person could see that. I like to think that I am a rational person. I couldn't. I did not hear what he said as sarcasm. I heard revisionist history based upon continued lies in an attempt to ramp up his ongoing campaign of fear and hatred.
Ewing attempts to explain away Trump's words as " sarcasm" and then continues along with the same lies that Trump is spewing by saying "President Obama and Hillary Clinton founded ISIS in the sense that their policies, neglect, and assistance enabled ISIS to become a well-armed, well-trained, wealthy, and effective fighting force." His rationale for this statement was because "President Obama pulled American forces out of a stable Iraq. We know Iraq was stable because President Obama, Vice-President Biden, and other leaders told us so."
The facts, so often elusive to our Tea Party friends, are not as presented by Trump or Ewing, who not so coincidentally also find facts to be a bit troublesome.
President George W. Bush signed an agreement, known as the Status of Forces Agreement, in 2008 that said: “All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011." Repeat after me Don: the decision to leave Iraq by that date was not actually taken by President Obama. It was taken by President George W. Bush, and by the Iraqi government.
President George W. Bush invaded Iraq way back in 2003, based upon still un-found " weapons of mass destruction" and without any thought whatsoever as to an exit strategy or how to replace Saddam Hussein and the region spiraled downhill from there.
So no Don, President Obama and Hillary Clinton did not " essentially" found the current version of ISIS. But then, I guess maybe you were being sarcastic?