Originally Posted by BigRedChief
It happened on Obama's watch so its his fault......
..... I thought the collapse of the housing and financial market on Bush's watch wasn't his fault?
So if it happens on a Dems watch, its their fault. I happens on an R's watch, its the Dems fault?
Sometimes there are actually differences between one thing and another.
The conditions for the financial collapse of 2008 were created by the interaction of a decade's worth of legislative and regulatory policy created by both Congress and the WH and advocated by both Republicans and democrats. Very few people saw the collapse coming. So it's wrong to blame GWBush almost exclusively for it, but that hasn't stopped you or the rest of your party from doing it. (Your attempt to point the finger of hypocrisy at me ignores the fact that it indicts you at the same time).
By contrast, the Arab Spring and it's aftermath took place entirely on Obama's watch in a policy area (foreign policy) where the President has a great deal of autonomy. The results that we're now seeing were so predictable that many people on ChiefsPlanet predicted it. It's almost completely different than the complex and bipartisan policy failures of the financial collapse. While it's true that GWBush set things in motion which made the Arab Spring more likely (by showing the way to freedom in Iraq), it's the mismanagement of the Arab Spring (and of Iraq for that matter) that falls entirely in Obama's lap.
"Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused." - George Will