It must be tough being the brother of the man who is responsible for the world-historical disaster that was the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It’s tougher still to try to replace him as the next Republican president of the United States.
By Jon Perr|Daily Kos
This week, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush found that out the hard way. Mocked by the press and his GOP rivals for first announcing, „I would have“ gone into Iraq knowing what he knows now, Jeb reversed course days later in declaring, „I would not have gone into Iraq.“ But even before the pain had subsided from that severe case of whiplash, Bush was embarrassed at an event in Reno by 19-year-old college student Ivy Ziedrich. When Bush tried to pin the paternity for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on President Obama, the University of Nevada political science major replied simply:
„Your brother created ISIS.“
Ziedrich’s is a bold claim. After all, for her to be right, ISIS—the dangerous movement combining Saddam loyalists, former Al Qaeda members and disgruntled Sunni fighters—would have to have emerged as a direct result of the war Bush launched in 2003. The disbanding of Saddam’s 400,000-man army would have to be laid at the feet of „The Decider.“ Foreign fighters must have flocked to Al Qaeda—a non-factor in Iraq before the U.S. invasion—specifically to target American troops. And while those unlikely allies forged ties in U.S and Iraqi prisons, Sunni tribesmen once paid by American forces would have to have become alienated by a sectarian Shiite strongman in Baghdad beholden to Iran. The inevitable outcome of such U.S. mismanagement of post-Saddam Iraq, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld privately warned his boss on October 15, 2002, would be that „Iraq could experience ethnic strife among Sunni, Shia, and Kurds“ with the result that „it could fracture into two or three pieces, to the detriment of the Middle East and the benefit of Iran.“