GOP voters need to take a step back and give more than a knee-jerk response to criticism of Bush as CINC, and whether he “kept us safe.”
Whether or not you supported Bush, and I did at the time, going to war WAS “Bush’s fault.” And it also was his fault that our troops were in Iraq twice as long as WW2, spent the same amount of money ($4T) in constant $ as it took to defeat the two largest & most modern militaries in history, simultaneously, across the entire planet on the land, in the air and on & under the sea. And he couldn’t defeat a bunch of untrained & unorganized primitive savages possessing no leadership and only small arms.
These are the facts, like em or not, of Bush’s tenure as CINC.
It’s great to see Bush spend time, money & energy with our wounded warriors (and absurd that Obama rejects same & doesn’t seem to give a damn about our vets), but had Bush prosecuted that war AS a war, we’d have been in & out in under a year, utterly defeated our enemies… and those thousands of wounded, maimed and killed patriotic warriors would still be whole, healthy patriotic Americans.
If the CINC isn’t going to fight to win he has NO BUSINESS taking America to war.