Byron York DESTROYS George W. Bush’s Trump Attack in Just 6 Tweets

Former President George W. Bush has spoken more against President Donald Trump in less than one year than he did in all of Barack Obama’s eight years.

He recently spoke out against Donald Trump in a speech in New York City, calling out the “bigotry” and “isolationism” that has spring up in our contemporary political scene. He emphasized that such damages our society, and undermines our trust in democratic institutions.

That’s true (at least, true isolationism, as practiced by hermit kingdoms, not wise and Constitutional foreign policy), though he missed the things his administration did that had undermined our society long before Donald Trump came on to the political scene.

Bush did a great deal of damage to both the Republican Party, and to our country during his administration, and while we can understand the rationale for some of his policies, the damage was done nonetheless and we cannot ignore it.

Byron York of the Washington Examiner recently posted a thread of reasons why George Bush’s administration did untold damage, and the fact that he is not being honest by recognizing the fallout from his policies even all these years later.

Let’s talk about the content of York’s assessment, specifically what he wrote in his second tweet.

Yes, it’s true that the Iraq War was predicated on untruths. Contrary to what we were led to believe, Saddam did not have WMD ready to attack the United States. All of those weapons were transferred to Syria and were no longer in his possession. You know what he was doing at the time of the invasion? Of all things, writing a novel…

However, the intelligence stated that Saddam did have them and was planning an attack; the intelligence agencies would make reports that created an image of what the President wanted to see. Bush wanted to invade Iraq, and the rationale was invented.

You can read more about it in the book “Debriefing The President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein”, by former CIA Senior Analyst John Nixon, who experienced it all first-hand.

We are still fighting in Iraq; we are still fighting in Afghanistan. But for what? What is the goal there? It seems that infinite war is now the model for national security. Such a model of constant warfare overseas is simply not responsible or sustainable, though.

Iraq fell to the Islamic State, and Afghanistan is no better now than they were in 2001. This is a black hole that will continue to drain us of money and lives unless the strategy to fight terrorism adapts to a more sustainable approach. And that was part of why so many voters were convinced by Donald Trump’s ideas to stop the nation-building and warmarking overseas (though it still continues right now).

Secondly, there was the devastation wreaked by the Great Recession starting in 2008. Now, it would be improper to fully put the blame on the Bush administration for the housing bubble that popped and caused the Recession. However, we can pass criticism for the fact that he continued the policies that eventually led to it.

Under the Clinton administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development pressured lenders into lowering their credit requirement for mortgages. Under the leadership of Andrew Cuomo, now governor of New York, HUD got more people into home mortgages for those who really could not afford them; often referred to as “subprime mortgages.”

That policy was started under Clinton, but Bush did not stop it. It continued for years until finally the bubble burst, and the Recession began. He is not directly responsible for causing the Recession, though the fact that his administration continued to policy certainly does put some responsibility onto his administration’s plate.

There are many other things the Bush administration did that hared our country, and the Republican Party. The massive increase in domestic surveillance, the bailouts, and the massive increase in reckless spending are just some of the things that we are still dealing with today. Such policies are not in line with the Republican Party’s creed.

At least, not with the Republican Party of which I was once a supporter.