Rachel Maddow Blames Ukraine on Bush

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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If the sun went nova tomorrow, the last words out of Rachel Maddow’s mouth before the MSNBC studios went up in a puff of superheated gas would be, “It’s Bush fault.”

Either that or “World ends: Transsexuals hardest hit.”

So obviously Ukraine is Bush’s fault.

Borrowing the title of O.J. Simpson’s tell-all book for her documentary, “Why we did it”, Maddow connected American hesitation to get involved in Ukraine to Bush, saying that it influenced how Putin views Bush.

Ignoring President Obama’s own weak leadership and lack of a foreign policy, she instead claimed that Bush’s own Middle East decisions ultimately determined the course of present-day U.S. national security and world events.

“The decisions of our generation on national security are determined more than anything by what the George W. Bush administration did with that 9-year war in Iraq and, alongside it, a 13-year war in Afghanistan that’s still going on,” Maddow said. “And the American people are against those wars.”

And the Bush policies of more than a decade ago are the root cause of — everything, Maddow claimed.

“Those are the determinative constraints for our thinking about everything, from Crimea, to Syria, to what the overall size of the U.S. military is,” she said

Fortunately there was no president before Bush whose actions in any way constrained his actions. No president who cut the military and ignored the threat of Al Qaeda. Never happened.

Did the anti-war left that MSNBC became a part of have anything to do with making American foreign policy gun shy? And what of American soldiers who once again returned home to sneers from Maddow and the media elites?

Maddow had gone on an Iraq War rant after Kerry’s criticism of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“It is not often that you have a spit take moment when you’re watching the news,” the MSNBC host began on her show. She was referring to Secretary of State John Kerry’s criticism of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.

“Absolutely true,” Maddow said. “And something on which the United States has absolutely no leg to stand on after we did exactly that same thing, famously, and on a much larger scale.”

I don’t recall the US annexing Iraq, but then again I don’t get my news from Daily Kos and Think Progress the way that Maddow does so maybe I missed something.

She also revealed that MSNBC will air a report in place of her show Thursday night which she said will explain the Bush administration’s rationale for invading Iraq, findings which she described as potentially upsetting, but important for the public to know.

“As the U.S. government considers our options and makes our case to the world in the middle of another international crisis right now, I feel a real sense of urgency that we’ve got to get this out there now,” she said.

Oh look it’s breaking news. I’m going to guess 1. Steal Iraq’s oil 2. Start new Crusade. 3. Israel. 4. Haliburton 5. Armageddon.

Or maybe all of the above.

“We know that the public case for why we were going to Iraq is not true,” she claimed, adding that it all came down to “what Iraq had to offer, not what Iraq was threatening.”

So Maddow is sticking with the oil then. How predictable.

  • http://forbiddenterritories.com/profile/Isahiah62 Isahiah62

    funny how she skipped over the part where B CLINTON #realwaronwomen got us into a treaty that binds us to war on behalf of UKRAINE #BDS #libiot

  • A Z

    I really have to wonder how some department or some colleges at universities hand out degrees.

    If you skipped the 1970s, 1080s & 1990s terrorists incidents to include who attacked and who supported them, if you dismiss the 3 ring circus if weapons inspections in Iraq and the Kuwait invasion, you could very easily come to Rachel’s conclusion.

    “Maddow earned a degree in public policy at Stanford in 1994.
    In 2001, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in politics at Oxford University. Her thesis is titled HIV/AIDS and Health Care Reform in British and American Prisons ”

    - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Maddow

  • cxt

    Wow…..is it great to be a Leftist or what?
    Things go bad its ALWAYS the fault of someone else—-usually a conservative and hopefully Bush.
    If things go well then it is ALWAYS because of them and their polices.
    There is no-way to lose.
    No wonder Leftism is so popular……esp. with the folks that are demonstrably not the sharpest knives in the box……like Maddow.

  • Anukem Jihadi

    Can’t wait to hear how Bush is also responsible for her lousy ratings.
    What we would all do without him?

  • Anukem Jihadi

    Can’t wait to hear how Bush is also responsible for her lousy ratings.
    What we would all do without him?

    • Schmitty

      Just the other day he sneaked into my fridge and stole the last piece of cold pizza. At least that is what I told the wife. Bush is the fall back for any shi**y situation.

    • BS77

      MSNBC’s viewer ratings are the lowest of all the talking head cable news networks.

  • Veracious_one

    Obama worship complex is far worse than Bush Derangement Syndrome…

    • truebearing

      Same coin, different side.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Verhulst, Joris (2010): February 15, 2003: The World Says No to War. In: Stefaan Walgrave & Dieter Rucht (Eds.): The world says no to war: Demonstrations against the War on Iraq. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press, pp. 1–19. p.1

    The war did not start until late March 2003. The worldwide protests occurred during the time Iraq was given an ultimatum.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    In reality the left has been fighting on the side of our enemies for many decades now. Maddow is just another leftist.

  • truebearing

    Maddow managed to parlay her education at Stanford and Oxford into a monomania over George Bush. Like the rest of her Fellow Snivelers, she has one idea, one explanation, for everything that happens, all over the world. George Bush did it..

    • Steve Bryant

      Don’t forget, “Halliburton! Halliburton! Halliburton!”

      • Gee

        And the “JOOSSS!!” “JOOSSS!!” “JOOSSS!!”

  • daniel

    She doesn’t have the courage to list Israel as being one of the top reasons for invading Iraq, but anyone with half a brain, who is knowledgeable knows that we did Iraq for Israel.

    • robert clark

      Really, so according to you Iraq invading Kuwait a sovereign power raping and pillaging as they did so had nothing to do with the war. At least we defended our ally and drove the Iraqi invaders out. But of course you would argue that Israel forced Iraq to invade Kuwait.

    • Gee

      That’s strange especially when Israel publically urged the US to stay out of Iraq.

  • Agamemnon7

    She is a rancid HO with the ratings of a local high school musical. You’d be pissed as well if you had her strap on rash…. say daddy Rach!

  • Bigearsbarry

    “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” Romans 1:28

    Minds don’t get any debaser than hers.

  • rick

    First of the O. J Book is call “If I did it ” as of just this facts can tell you blog is just full of crap and that you don’t really give much importance to fact.

    As Far as Bush, don’t know why anybody keeps defending his actions.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/19/opinion/iraq-war-oil-juhasz/index.html