Ex-hard leftist Horowitz understands how the far left thinks, and nails it at National Review:
Obama’s Treachery and Republican Silence
When will they stop pretending this is a normal presidency?
Barack Obama deliberately set out to lose the war in Iraq, and he did. He defied the advice of his joint chiefs of staff to secure America’s formidable military presence and keep 20,000 troops in country, and left Iraq to its own devices and the tender mercies of Iran. In doing so, he betrayed every American and Iraqi who gave his life to create a free Iraq and keep it out of the clutches of the terrorists.
Iraq is now a war zone dominated by the terrorist forces of the Islamic State, whose rise Obama’s policies fostered.
As to his question concerning when Republicans, i.e., the Republican establishment, will “stop pretending this is a normal presidency,” they’ve had six years to see it, and, with far too few exceptions, are still treating the Obama presidency as part of the normal ebb and flow of politics. It’s not.
- Jan. 25, 2009 — “The hope is that Barack Obama won’t bungle his way into losing what George Bush and the US military won.”
In hindsight, it really wasn’t a “bungle.” As Horowitz asserted, Obama deliberately lost.
I underestimated Obama.
- August 19, 2009 — “Remember, this war is this administration’s and this Congress’s to lose, because the Bush 43 administration won it — twice.”
So sad, so true. With the majority of the country in ISIS/ISIL control, it has been lost — and, barring a philosiphical and tactical sea change, it’s going to take a different U.S. president to get it back, if anyone ever can.