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George W. Bush, the president before the self annointed American savior President Barack Obama, has been out of the lime light since he left office. Which, from reports, that is exactly the way he wanted it to be. His policies, of course, have not gone quietly into the dark with him. From the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. ACT to Guantanamo Bay, decisions he has signed off on have been criticized or lauded, and continue to be.

Love him, hate him, or are too young to vote and remember him, there is one thing he has been good at. Helping people. His unwavering support for the military and help of military, and of course, his work in the continent of Africa have the been the cornerstone of his presidential retirement.

Now, the former U.S. President seeks to help more people. More specifically,  a country that he lead U.S. troops into battle in 2003. If you still need a hand, Iraq.

The Anbar Awakening, a praised movement of 30 Iraqi tribes that banded together to fight Al Qaeda in 2006, is now the group that receives "cool shoulder" from the current administration, according to Politico Magazine writer Mark Perry. The Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha led group had recently made the trek to America to seek assistance from President Obama because they feel Iraq's central government have ignored their pleas for assistance against ISIS.

As proof of this, Breitbart News reports, ISIS attack Sheikh Risha's home while he was on his way to America, killing nine Iraqi police officers and wounding 28 of his bodyguards. All the while, Iraqi army reportedly ignored the incident, and did not send in any help. That sounds like they might need outside help.

According to the Anbar group, they were essentially snubbed by the Obama administration. One delegate said "“obvious that U.S. officials were going through the motions.” Another referenced the President's support of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as the reason.

“There were a lot of smiles, a lot of nodding heads, but that was it.  It’s clear the administration has made up its mind.  [Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi] is their man, and that’s that."

As they began to leave the U.S., they expressed "bitter disappointment", and yet another delegate stated that President Obama was more interested in restructuring the Iraqi government than helping the Anbar Awakening Council. Just when they had determined there was no help, a former president called them up. That President, if you have not figured out, was none other than George W. Bush.

He urged Risha and the council extend their stay and to "meet with retired Gen. David Petraeus, as well as with Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham". It was then that he gave them a promise to "do everything I could to get a hearing in Washington”.

According to Breitbart News, the Kurds have been in the exact same predicament, and claim President Obama's Iraq policy is to support a "Shiite-dominated, increasingly Iran-aligned central government in Baghdad".

If the President is unwilling to help our allies against ISIS, why would he think the American people believe he is properly protecting America from ISIS?

What are your thoughts?

Did George W. Bush do the right thing, or should he have continued to stay out of world affairs? Is President Obama doing enough to fight ISIS? Should we be helping the Iraqi Kurds and Anbar Awakening Council?

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