CNN apparently thinks President Obama needs some advice from the people who blew up the Middle East on how to clean up the mess they created. These former Bushies that lied us into invading Iraq are the last people we need to be hearing from on how to deal with ISIS, but the corporate media won't stop propping them up as credible as Gloria Borger did on this Sunday's State of the Union.
BORGER: You're a foreign policy adviser to Jeb Bush now. You were original drivers of the invasion of Iraq when his brother, George W. Bush was president. Do you think now that it will inevitably take American combat boots on the ground to successfully battle ISIS there?
WOLFOWITZ: I don't think it will inevitably but I think we have to be open to all the possibilities and I do think one thing we learned...
WOLFOWITZ: I think at the way things are going, we're not winning is the problem and what we need to be doing a much better job of is finding the Sunnis who are on our side and not setting ourselves up as basically as I think Gen. Petraeus said, the air force for the Shia militias of Iraq.
BORGER: Let me play for you a little bit of what Jeb Bush said about Iraq last week and then we'll talk on the other side.
BUSH: There were mistakes made in Iraq for sure. Using the intelligence capabilities everybody embraced about weapons of mass destruction was not, turns out was not to be accurate. Not creating a environment of security after the successful taking out of Hussein was a mistake.
BORGER: You were there at the time. You believed you would find weapons of mass destruction and you also said “These are Arabs, 23 million of the most well educated people in the Arab world who are going to welcome us as liberators.” Were those your mistakes?
WOLFOWITZ: I think in large parts of Iraq, people did welcome us as liberators. What we were up against was a terrorist organization that was built on the, basically the old Saddam security structures and that has terrific capacity to intimidate people and to scare people into opposing them.↓ Story continues below ↓
BORGER: What were your mistakes?
WOLFOWITZ: I think a, clearly something we should have done at the beginning was to have a counterinsurgency strategy. When we finally adopted one after four years it worked amazingly quickly and brought things down to a relatively peaceful, relatively stable level by 2009. And I think one of the mistakes was to leave in 2011 and not to make a serious effort to keep a, an agreement to keep an American presence in Iraq.
She also asked him about advising Jeb Bush and the fact that Bush has basically revived his brother's foreign policy team. Wolfowitz responded by saying a lot of them worked for Reagan as well and that Bush doesn't need a lot of coaching on the subject. Well, that should make everyone feel so much better.
Charlie Pierce was spot on on the media's drumbeat to war we're hearing day after day and this segment was just another example of what he was writing about: Drums Along The Potomac: How This Country Never Learns Anything.