GOP Presidential candidates can’t seem to get any traction with the future. They seem stuck in a world that still tries to justify Bush’s invasion of Iraq and sees same-sex marriage as a threat to the nations “success”. Most of America is ready to move beyond these issues so why are Republican contenders for the oval office determined to be on the wrong side of history?
ON THE IRAQ WAR
First his brother sticks his foot in his mouth regarding the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 and now GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio insists on aligning himself with George W. Bush’s bad decision to drag us into an unnecessary war that costs us thousands of U.S. lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives, millions displaced from their homes and a cost of nearly a trillion dollars that continues to grow. And for all of this we have one of the most unstable regions in the Mideast.
Why can’t Republicans walk away from the misguided assumptions that led the George W. Bush administration to invade Iraq. The notions that the Bush administration devised to get the American public on board were so diluted that it is hard to believe that intelligent people bought into it so easily. Perhaps their inability to distance themselves from this lie is because underlying it is the real reason that has little to do with wanting to “spread freedom” or get rid of an evil person. It’s all about power. He who has the oil in our energy consumption world has that power.
But people who want to lead this country cannot confront this reality
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Sunday that he thought former President George W. Bush had acted correctly by authorizing the 2003 invasion of Iraq based on facts known at the time.
“It was not a mistake for the president to go into Iraq based on the information that he was provided as president,” Rubio told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
“The world is a better place because Saddam Hussein is not there,” Rubio added of the invasion’s aftermath.”
Rubio, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said that the second Bush administration acted on the best available intelligence it had at the time.
That analysis, he added, initially implied that Iraq had obtained weapons of mass destruction. “It was governed by a man who in the past had committed atrocities with weapons of mass destruction,” Rubio said of Hussein’s regime in Iraq. SOURCE
Actually there was plenty of information out there that strongly suggested Saddam didn’t have WMDs. Yes he had committed atrocious acts toward some of his people during the time Reagan considered him an ally against Iran, but so have other regimes around the world. This wasn’t used as an excuse to invade them because unlike Iraq they didn’t have sufficient supplies of oil we needed, or if they did they were willing to allow our corporations to come in and siphon these oil resources off.
Bush had sought reasons to invade Iraq long before 9/11 occurred. Cheney had started making plans on how to divide the oil resources between Exxon/Mobil. Chevron. Conoco and Shell Oil back in his secretive Energy Task Force meetings months before Saudi terrorists attacked us on 9/11.
For Rubio or anyone else to believe we were justified for invading Iraq under the pretense that he had WMDs and was a threat to our national security, they are simply being dishonest. To suggest too that even if it was a big mistake but that “the world is better off without Saddam in it” is an illusive supposition that ignores the mess that currently exists because we took him out.
Failure to admit we made a mistake in invading Iraq really couldn’t hurt the GOP’s brand any worse than it already is. In fact, it could raise its level of credibility somewhat and give traditional GOP voters cause to feel good about their Party once again. But it seems clear that the current crop of GOP candidates lack any political will to own up to the truth about that war, unlike the American public who has come to terms with it. Many grudgingly so.
ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Recent comments by Jeb Bush reflect the decision GOP Presidential candidates have chosen in their bid to win the Party’s nomination.
Interviewed Sunday by the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Bush was asked whether he believed that gay marriage was a right protected by the U.S. constitution.
“I don’t, but I’m not a lawyer, and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,” he said.
“To imagine how we’re going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system, is hard to imagine,” Bush said.
“If we want to create a right-to-rise society, where people, particularly children born in poverty, if we want to have them have a chance we should be—a core American value,” Bush said, “we have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and a dad loving their children with their heart and soul.” SOURCE