Former New York mayor and former Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani believes ISIS has thrived because of President Barack Obama’s “vacuous” foreign policy in the region.
Giuliani launched this stinging attack against Barack Obama while on Fox News‘ Hannity, opposite host Sean Hannity, and in the light of the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13, which resulted in the deaths of at least 129 people.
Giulian told Hannity, “ISIS is filling a vacuum created by a vacuous foreign policy. ISIS is an Obama creation.”
Giuliani, who was the Mayor of New York City on September 11, 2001, on the day when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and murdered over 2,000 people, believes that Barack Obama’s policies in the region and his failure to listen to Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham half a decade ago has only aided ISIS.
“The reality is, this did not have to happen if our policies were different,” Giuliani continued. “If President Obama had listened to Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and a whole group of other people and had set up a no-fly zone in Syria five years ago, if we had gone in and we had worked with Syrian legitimate rebels, if we had not taken our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, [the Islamic State] never would have emerged.”
Giuliani also admitted that the atrocities in the French capital brought back memories of 9/11.”This has been a very difficult weekend for me,” Giuliani admitted, “because it brings back September 11 and all the terrible memories I have of it.”
Rudy Giuliani also added that because of the way that President George W. Bush reacted “so decisively and so quickly” to 9/11 he thought that “something like this wouldn’t happen again.” However, Giuliani then opined that because of President Barack Obama’s decisions ISIS have been able grow.
Giuliani pinpointed the fact that because President Obama had taken the U.S military out of Iraq, which in turn meant that their military’s ability to gather and examine intelligence on potential dangerous terrorist groups that could have then thwarted the rise of the Islamic State, meant ISIS had the freedom to become more and more powerful.
“Once you take your troops out, we have no resources, we have no real access,” Giuliani insisted. “Here’s the simple fact, and this goes back to President Bush, some American president has to hold a speech at night and say to the American people, ‘We have to be in the Middle East until the threat against us is over.’ Just the way we were in Germany. Just the way we were in Italy. Just the way we are now in South Korea.”
You can watch the entire clip of Rudy Giuliani’s appearance on Hannity below.
In the aftermath of the six separate, but connected, terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, President Barack Obama delivered a short statement at The White House, which saw him remark, “Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”
Obama then added, “We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.”
Barack Obama is currently in the Philippine’s ahead of a summit that will focus on trade and climate issues.
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