David Gregory to Tony Blair – Aren’t You and Bush Responsible for Current Islamic Extremism? (Video)
There is just so much wrong on so many levels—
On Meet the Press Sunday morning, host David Gregory accused former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President George W Bush for Islamic extremism.
This will be the new leftist line. The Middle East is a disaster. Iraq is more violent today than when Obama took over. Afghanistan is lost thanks to Barack Obama’s ridiculous decision to announce a planned withdrawal. Syria is a breeding ground for Al-Qaeda. All of this is a direct result of Barack Obama’s failed leadership. So, there’s only one thing to do – Blame Bush and Blair.
Via FOX Nation:
For his part, Tony Blair was magnificent.
“Isn’t the legacy of your leadership and that of President Bush in part responsible for the reality today?” Gregory asked. “Did the west fail to deal with the extremism you talk about today appropriately in Afghanistan in a sustainable way?”
“I think we did,” Blair said. “But I think we’ve got to recognize something very, very seriously. This is a long battle… This ideology is not going to be defeated by an engagement in Afghanistan, in Iraq, or even in these individual arenas. It’s going to be defeated over a long period of time.”
“We make a huge error when we end up thinking somehow it’s our actions that caused this,” Blair said. “In Afghanistan and Iraq, we removed brutal dictatorships, allowed the people a chance to elect their government, they came out in both cases and voted, showing that they wanted such elections, gave them massive financial support. What was the disruptive effect? The disruptive effect was that very Islamist ideology I’m talking about on the one side being pushed out of Iran from the Iranian theocracy, on the other side al Qaeda and other groups, and they combined to try to destabilize the wishes of the majority of the country. Now, when we weren’t involved, as in Syria, they’re still going to fight jihad there.”