There are few things I understand less than the architects of George W. Bush’s Iraq War still getting a hearing, especially on terrorism and Islam and ISIS.
Here’s a section that David Frum wrote in George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address:
Without the Iraq War, the region would not have been destabilized to the extent that allowed ISIS to rise and conquer territory up to a mile of Baghdad’s airport, make ever bloodier the Syrian civil war, and inspire terrorism in Europe and the United States. Here’s how Frum described in a 2003 book how he came up with the “axis” term when charged with making the case for war with Iraq and deposing Saddam Hussein:
Looking for historical resonance, Frum goes leafing through the speeches of Franklin Roosevelt, in particular the “day of infamy” address to the nation that followed Pearl Harbor. “On December 8 1941, Roosevelt had exactly the same problem we had. The United States had been attacked by Japan, but the greater threat came from Nazi Germany,” Frum argues. In effect, al-Qaida is Japan and no prizes for guessing who plays Hitler this time around.
There are few people in the world more responsible for the Iraq War, or for the rise of ISIS , than Frum. I don’t think he should go to jail for this, but he should be socially shunned. The idea that he would continue to have a prominent career advocating for wars and attacking anyone opposed to them as unpatriotic, defeatist, Islamophobic and/or anti-Semitic, just as he did in 2003, boggles the mind, since, at least on the matters of Afghanistan and Iraq, the people he was attacking generally turned out to be entirely correct.
Sometimes it seems like the more wrong you were from 2001 to 2003 the more your career in media would flourish afterwards.