George W. Bush’s ‘frighteningly accurate’ 2007 prediction on Iraq comes true

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Fox News ratings queen Megyn Kelly reminded the nation Thursday night of the “frighteningly accurate” warning from former President George W. Bush in 2007 on what would happen if the United States withdrew too soon from Iraq.

Bush made the prediction in response to criticism of the U.S. troop surge he ordered that year.

“To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States,” Bush said.

What would follow is an accurate description of precisely what is happening today as a result of President Obama withdrawing American troops from the troubled Middle East country.

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“It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaida,” Bush said. “It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”

Kelly noted how eerie the comment was while introducing Bush’s former chief speechwriter Marc Thiessen — the man who wrote those words.

“Every single thing that President Bush said there in that statement is happening today,” he said. “Obama did withdraw our troops before the commanders on the ground said that we were ready to do so.”

Thiessen went on to describe the carnage.

“President Bush said that if we did that there would be mass killings on a horrific scale,” Thiessen added. “What are we seeing? Mass killings on a horrific scale: executions, women and children being buried alive, crucifixions, beheadings of American journalists.”

See the full exchange here:


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