Recognizing the Profound Mistakes

Donald Trump is lying about President Obama being the "Founder of ISIS" and everyone knows it. Here are Republicans, conservatives, and others admitting that "mistakes were made" by the Bush Administration during the Iraq War. If there was a founder of ISIS in the United States, it's the Bush Administration.

Most of these statements were made during the Bush Administration, before the insurgency was known by the name ISIS. So they use the terms insurgency and al-Qa'ida.

Paul Bremer

"It [the invasion] was a much tougher job than I think I expected it to be... we really didn't see the insurgency coming."

Paul Bremer, Republican

Administrator of the Coalition_Provisional_Authority

Bremer was appointed by President George W Bush and followed the direction of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He had total governing power over Iraq.

George W. Bush

"It's also important for the people of Iraq to know that in a democracy, everything is not perfect, that mistakes are made,"

George W. Bush, Republican


Tony Blair

"Of course you can't say those of us who removed Saddam in 2003 bear no responsibility for the situation in 2015."

Tony Blair, Labour Party

Zalmay Khalilzad

"We have opened a Pandora's box". And unless the violence abated, Iraq would "make Taliban Afghanistan look like child's play".

Zalmay Khalilzad, Republican

United States Ambassador to Iraq, Ambassador to the United Nations

Richard Perle

"huge mistakes were made" in the invasion of Iraq. "The levels of brutality we've seen are truly horrifying,"

Richard Perle, Republican

Chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee

Ken Adelman

"The national security team... turned out to be among the most incompetent in the post-war era. Not only did each of them have enormous flaws, but together they were deadly."

Ken Adelman, Republican

Worked for the think tank Project for the New American Century

Promoted the Iraq War with Washington Post articles titled "Cakewalk In Iraq"

Laura Ingraham

"You can't think going into Iraq now, as a sane human being, was the right thing to do,"

Laura Ingraham, Republican

Conservative radio talk show host

Jeb Bush

"There were mistakes made in Iraq for sure."

Jeb Bush, Republican

Chuck Hagel

"I wish someone had told me when I was sitting on a burning tank in a Vietnamese rice paddy that I was fighting for a lost cause just to save a president's legacy." (referring to Iraq)

Chuck Hagel, Republican

Colin Powell

Admitted that his statements were "inaccurate and wrong and, in some cases, deliberately misleading".

Colin Powell, Republican

Jack Straw

"The current situation is dire. I think many mistakes were made after the military action - there is no question about it - by the United States administration."

Jack Straw, Labour Party

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Tim Collins

"History might notice the invasion has arguably acted as the best recruiting sergeant for al-Qa'ida ever."

Tim Collins, British Army Officer

Lawrence Wilkerson

"The American people have got to get angry."

Lawrence Wilkerson, Republican

Chief of Staff for Colin Powell