You wouldn’t expect a Bush supporter to be saying the war in Iraq was a bad thing, but that is exactly what Jed Babbin is doing.
Babbin, formerly deputy undersecretary of defense for George H. W. Bush, says invading Iraq 12 years ago was not worth the effort. Speaking to a Washington Times columnist Friday, Babbin said, “It’s harsh saying it because I was very vocal in supporting the war, but it clearly isn’t and it wasn’t.”
“We should have known at the very beginning and I will take some pride in the fact that even from 2003, I was saying nation building doesn’t work, let’s not do it. We went off on this neocon tirade and tried to nation build in Iraq. Right now, it was a foreseeable event that we’d have what we’ve got now.”
Babbin is an author who has written about the BDS campaign against Israel that is purportedly about the plight of Palestinians, but is actually a campaign to destroy Israel, and doesn’t really care about the Palestinians. He wrote “The BDS War Against Israel: The Orwellian Campaign to Destroy Israel Through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement,” together with Herbert London. The book is published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
The 2003 invasion of Iraq known as Operation Iraqi Freedom lasted just 21 days. It concluded with the capture of Baghdad by American troops. According to Bush, the initiative was to find WMD’s, or Weapons of Mass Destruction. That never happened.
Babbin sides with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He claims he has a point in blaming the right wing of the GOP for the growth of the Islamic State (ISIS). Whether or not that is true is subject to one’s opinion obviously.
The former undersecretary added, “We have some responsibility. George W. Bush became a neocon. He said that there was not going to be nation building when he was campaigning. He turned into a nation builder. That was wrong. The Republican Party has to take responsibility.”