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Paging the NBC psychologist: David Gregory asks if Bush/Blair are responsible for radicalizing terrorists

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By Doug Powers  •  April 28, 2014 10:00 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Check me if my memory is off, but the 9/11 attacks happened before U.S., U.K. and others went into Iraq, right?

From Mediaite:

On Meet the Press Sunday morning, host David Gregory challenged former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to defend his and former President George W Bush’s decision to switch focus from the war in Afghanistan to the one in Iraq, asking if that simultaneously diverted resources from fighting the Taliban while radicalizing terrorist groups in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.

“Isn’t the legacy of your leadership and that of President Bush in part responsible for the reality today?” Gregory asked. “Did the west fail to deal with the extremism you talk about today appropriately in Afghanistan in a sustainable way?”

“I think we did,” Blair said. “But I think we’ve got to recognize something very, very seriously. This is a long battle…This ideology is not going to be defeated by an engagement in Afghanistan, in Iraq, or even in these individual arenas. It’s going to be defeated over a long period of time.”

“We make a huge error when we end up thinking somehow it’s our actions that caused this,” Blair said.

Somebody give the NBC psychological consultant a call. Maybe they can talk it through after today’s Rorschach test.

**Written by Doug Powers

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