They say hindsight is twenty/twenty.
(Maybe, given the proclivities of the current Oval Office occupant, it should be “hindsight is a hole in one,” but that might lead to jokes about holes that aren’t suitable for a more-or-less family-friendly website.)
Foresight, on the other hand, is worth its weight in gold if you’re smart enough to recognize it in time.
Unfortunately for this country, foresight is not among the talents of the current Administration.
It was, however, a talent of our former president, George W. Bush, retired fighter pilot and scourge of al-Qaida.
Remember him, lefties? The guy you always said was so dumb?
Dubya deserves to take a lap around the “I told you so” track. He won’t, though, because he’s not at all like the current rocket scientist in chief.
He’s humble. Doesn’t use “I” a lot in his speeches.
So I’ll do the told-ya-sos for him.
Hop into the Way-Back Machine for a moment and return to 2007, when President Bush had ordered a troop surge in Iraq and critics (such as Sen. Barack Obama) were crying for his head and demanding that we pull all our troops out.
On July 12, 2007, President Bush said this:
“I know some inside Washington would like us to leave 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 increasing the probability that U.S. troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
On May 15 of 2007, Obama had voted in favor of a resolution to pull all the troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2008. In July 2008, Obama said on the Obama for America website, “The surge is not working.” Then, in September 2008 on Bill O’Reilly he said, “I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated. … It’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”
Then as president, he pulled out the troops beginning in June 2009 and finishing in December 2011.
Since then, ISIS has moved in, taking over most of northern Iraq and parts of Syria; slaughtering thousands of Iraqi Christians, Muslims, Jews and Yazidis; kidnapping, raping, torturing and enslaving thousands of girls and women; destroying cities that have existed for thousands of years; beheading captive journalists and other civilians; vowing to bring terror to U.S. shores; and declaring the first Muslim caliphate in nearly a century, which is serving as a beacon to would-be barbarian murderers from around the world.
So what the “dumb” Bush warned about has come to pass, while the “genius” Obama has egg all over his face.
But it’s not enough for conservatives to feel vindicated and watch the Left squirm as it becomes abundantly clear how wrong they were about everything.
We need to be proactive and be planning how we’re going to repair our country and the world once King Putt is finally out of office. We can’t afford to put up any more McCains or even Romneys — no more country-club, entitlement babies who think they should be president just because they’ve waited in line.
We need to find a man (or woman) with the personality and skills to lead. We need to exercise our own foresight.
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