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Friday, August 12, 2016

Media Lied about Bush Creating ISIS

Media are attacking Donald Trump for saying that Barack Obama’s presidency has helped the rise of the Islamic Caliphate (ISIS). And as they call Trump all sorts of names and ramp up their accusations that he is “unfit” for the presidency, it is a good time to recall that less than a year ago the media were lying about George W. Bush creating ISIS.

Der Spiegel interviewed retired Army general and former Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn in November 2015. Based on that interview, media ran with headlines claiming that Bush created ISIS.

Do a web search of “Bush Created ISIS” and see all the headlines. A few examples are, “Former U.S. Military Official Says George W. Bush Created ISIS,” from Newsweek and, “U.S. Special Forces Commander: George W. Bush Responsible for ISIS,” from the Inquisitr.

So what were the media referencing in the Der Spiegel interview that had them running with that narrative? It was Flynn’s answer to a question about the U.S. invading Iraq.

Flynn: It was huge error. As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, it was a mistake to just eliminate him. The same is true for Moammar Gadhafi and for Libya, which is now a failed state. The historic lesson is that it was a strategic failure to go into Iraq. History will not be and should not be kind with that decision.

Flynn said nothing about Bush creating ISIS. But the media lied and said he did.

And that wasn’t the only time the media pushed this lie. In May of 2015 the Guardian reported on, “Student who told Jeb Bush ‘Your brother created Isis’ speaks out about incident.” Other media outlets jumped on this event and ran with headlines such as, “For The Record, Yes, George W. Bush Did Help Create ISIS,” (Huffington Post) and, “Did George W. Bush Create ISIS?” (New Yorker).

So ignore the media as they hyperventilate over Trump saying that Obama bears some responsibility for ISIS gaining power. They have lied repeatedly about Bush bearing full responsibility for it.

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