Although many Democrats have been quick to point the finger to Republicans, declaring that George W. Bush is responsible for the havoc in the Middle East, a new statement from the CIA director proves otherwise.
When President Obama decided to prematurely pull troops from Iraq, he created a ripple effect that led to the rapid growth of terrorist groups including ISIS.
CIA director John Brennan said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that ISIS was “decimated” under George W. Bush and only had around “700 or so adherents left.”
Brennan stated, “[ISIS] was, you know, pretty much decimated when US forces were there in Iraq. It had maybe 700-or-so adherents left. And then it grew quite a bit in the last several years, when it split then from al-Qaida in Syria, and set up its own organization.”
Current data shows that ISIS is made up of between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters in the Middle East, meaning that even the CIA is admitting Obama has caused between a 2700 and 4400% increase in ISIS fighters.
Is this the change that voters were hoping for when they chose to elect Obama twice?