At a town hall meeting this morning, Jeb Bush was given a dressing down by a student who told the Republican presidential candidate that his brother, George W. Bush created ISIS terrorists in Iraq.
The student, 19-year-old political science major Ivy Ziedrich, took exception to Bush’s declaration during his speech that a withdrawal from the Middle East under the Obama administration has directly led to the rise of ISIS.
Instead, Ziedrich argued that the seeds of ISIS were sown a decade ago, when the the Iraqi army was disbanded.
“It was when 30,000 individuals who were part of the Iraqi military were forced out — they had no employment, they had no income, and they were left with access to all of the same arms and weapons,” Ziedrich said.
“Your brother created ISIS.” the student directly told Bush.
“All right. Is that a question?” Bush responded.
“You don’t need to be pedantic to me, sir.” Ziedrich replied.
“Pedantic? Wow,” Bush said.
Ziedrich then pressed on with her argument, asking “Why are you saying that ISIS was created by us not having a presence in the Middle East when it’s pointless wars where we send young American men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism?”
“Why are you spouting nationalist rhetoric to get us involved in more wars?” the student urged.
Bush replied: “We respectfully disagree. We have a disagreement. When we left Iraq, security had been arranged, Al Qaeda had been taken out. There was a fragile system that could have been brought up to eliminate the sectarian violence.”
“And we had an agreement that the president could have signed that would have kept 10,000 troops, less than we have in Korea, could have created the stability that would have allowed for Iraq to progress. The result was the opposite occurred. Immediately, that void was filled.” Bush added.
“Look, you can rewrite history all you want. But the simple fact is that we are in a much more unstable place because American pulled back.” he concluded.
While the student brings up several salient points, the origins of ISIS go beyond Barack Obama AND George W. Bush.
The terror group can be traced back to Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi’s Islamic State of Iraq, originated in 2006, and expanded from al-Qaeda in Iraq originated in 2004. It has overrun and incorporated several al qaeda affiliates and “rebel” groups along the way. The group can be traced even further back through Afghanistan.
As Alex explains in the following videos, these extremists have been funded, trained and supported by the US government to sow chaos in the middle east for a long time.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.