Originally posted September 16, 2015.
Dr. Carson, in a letter to George W. Bush before Bush started the Iraq War, urged President Bush to use his “bully pulpit “ to say that within 10 years the U.S. would become petroleum independent. Dr. Carson reasoned that such a strategy would be preferable to war and that the moderate Arab states would be terrified and, to keep America off such a track, would hand over Osama bin Laden on a silver platter.
Dr. Ben Carson is a conservative star on the rise, but at least one of his policy ideas might cause the Republican leadership to do a double-take. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Carson said he opposed the invasions of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The famed neurosurgeon and rising conservative voice said he sent a letter to President George W. Bush sometime after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and before the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003.
“I actually wrote President Bush a letter before the war started and I said, you know, what I would do is I would use the bully pulpit at this moment of great national unity and, very much in a Kennedy-esque type fashion, say within 10 years we’re going to become petroleum independent,” Carson told TheDC.
“And that would’ve been much more effective than going to war because, first of all, the moderate Arab states would’ve been terrified. And they would’ve handed over Osama Bin Laden and anybody else we wanted on a silver platter to keep us from doing that.”
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