You Make a Difference! Our mission and operations are funded entirely by Patriots like you! Please support the 2021 Year-End Campaign now.

Jordan Candler / April 28, 2015

Earnest: You Know Who’s Really at Fault for ISIL’s Rise?

Is there anything that’s not George W. Bush’s fault? In the eyes of the Obama administration, not really. The 43rd president offered a rare critique over the weekend of Obama’s foreign policy, particularly on his handling of Iran, the Islamic State and Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. On the second point, Bush pointed out that ISIL is merely the second iteration of al-Qaida, and the U.S. needs a plan to bring about its defeat. “When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed,” he said. Obama evidently didn’t take too kindly to that remark, as spokesman Josh Earnest shot back by blaming the Islamic State’s existence on Bush’s mingling in the Middle East. “There are links between al-Qaida in Iraq and ISIL,” Earnest acknowledged. However, “The fact is that al-Qaida was not in Iraq prior to President Bush’s decision to commit significant American resources on the ground in that country. That is a historical fact. But again, the fact that President Bush has a different perspective and a different philosophy when it comes to foreign policy isn’t just a well-known difference. In the minds of many people it’s the principle reason President Obama is in the Oval Office.” No doubt many of those people now wish they had elected a president with some backbone. The White House can point fingers all it wants, but it brings us no closer to conquering Jihadistan.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.