The "It's Clinton's fault" defense (an Iraq variation)

George Bush and his cronies know the drill: when things aren't going well, blame the last guy in power. So after years of practice faulting the previous officeholder regarding American woes ranging from the economy to national defense, Bush now has no trouble taking a similar tack when it comes to Iraq:

President Bush said Wednesday that Saddam Hussein, not continued U.S. involvement in Iraq, is responsible for ongoing sectarian violence that is threatening the formation of a democratic government. [...]

Bush said that Saddam was a tyrant and used violence to exacerbate sectarian divisions to keep himself in power, and that as a result, deep tensions persist to this day.

Of course, this is the same war president who couldn't see the danger of those same festering "sectarian divisions" from a hundred miles away:

He predicted it "was unlikely there would be internecine warfare between the different religious and ethnic groups" - an opinion with which Mr Blair agreed.

So much for this cover story.

Forget foresight: In conveniently forgetting his culpability in not seeing sectarian danger in Iraq, Bush demonstrates that he doesn't even have 20/20 hindsight.

(Mmmm. Hot cross-post buns.)

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