Saddam’s evil legacy overshadows mistakes by Bush and Obama

June 19, 2014 6:35 PM

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Saddam’s evil legacy overshadows mistakes by Bush and Obama

To understand the dismal situation in today’s Iraq — the unimpeded ISIS rampage, a government incapable of addressing bitter factionalism, and unbridled religious and ethnic hatred — it’s necessary to take a look at history. And not the narrow, decade-old conception of history that has become increasingly popular among commentators.

Some decry President Bush’s strategic blunders. Others lament President Obama’s withdrawal of American troops in 2011. But ultimately, Saddam Hussein’s incessant efforts to incite sectarianism and religious hatred in Iraq — a savage policy known as “divide and rule” — are to blame for the desperate ...

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