It took a little longer than I expected, but the liberal left has finally blamed George W. Bush for the Paris terror attacks. It would not surprise me if this becomes a regular talking point of the Obama administration.
On Monday night, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that former President George W. Bush was to blame for the radicalization of the Charlie Hebdo terrorists.
It is worth noting that Murphy makes a very big mistake during this interview by claiming the Kouachi brothers were members of ISIS. The Kouachi brothers were actually al-Qaeda operatives and the terrorist who attached the Kosher market was a member of ISIS.
Maddow: Do you see a meaningful connection between the military fight against ISIS on the ground in Iraq and Syria and the international threat posed by ISIS both through propaganda, perhaps through directly organizing foreign attacks and inspiring the kind of fighters who we saw strike last week in France?
Murphy: I clearly think that you’re seeing a flow of foreign fighters back and forth into Syria and Iraq that’s presenting real problems and threats to our allies in Europe and potentially here to the United States.
But I think it is important just to recognize that the individuals who carried out these attacks in Paris were originally radicalized not by ISIS but in coordination against the United States’ invasion and occupation of Iraq. That’s what initially brought them into this fight, and it’s worth repeating that those who would call for another insertion of U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS would be essentially repeating the very mistake that radicalized thousands of Muslims all across country during our ten-year occupation of that country.
So I certainly think that ISIS poses a threat to the United States and to our allies, but we’re living with a decade-long mistake in Iraq that radicalized thousands already no matter whether or not ISIS was present in that region.