It’s hard to rate and compare mistakes, but Trump is certainly correct that the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were immense mistakes. Bush and his team contended that we would be welcomed as liberators and that Western-style secular republics were going to be established that would become models for the rest of the Islamic world. Bush thought this because he was listening to people who were telling him that Islam was a religion of peace and was perfectly compatible with democratic, secular government; consequently, he didn’t anticipate that the desire for Sharia among the people of Iraq and Afghanistan would foredoom any attempt at democratization.
The U.S. wasted untold numbers of lives and trillions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for what? Failed Sharia states riven by endless wars. Nothing is going to change the longer we stay in Afghanistan, either.
“Trump slams Bush for ‘worst single mistake’ in U.S. history,” by John Solomon and Buck Sexton, The Hill, September 19, 2018:
President Trump took a little time during a policy-rich interview in the Oval Office to give his take on the biggest mistake in American history.
Was it the Civil War? Nah. The failure to stop Sept. 11? Nope. How about Pearl Harbor? Not even close.
“The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country: going into the Middle East, by President Bush,” the president said during an exclusive interview with Hill.TV. “Obama may have gotten (U.S. soldiers) out wrong, but going in is,to me, the biggest single mistake made in the history of our country.”
So why was it so catastrophic?
“Because we spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. Now if you wanna fix a window some place they say, ‘oh gee, let’s not do it.’ Seven trillion, and millions of lives — you know, ‘cause I like to count both sides. Millions of lives,” the president explained.
“To me, it’s the worst single mistake made in the history of our country. Civil war you can understand. Civil war, civil war. That’s different. For us to have gone into the Middle East, and that was just, that was a bad day for this country, I will tell you.”…