In an Instagram reel on Tuesday, Candace Owens criticized the United States' involvement in Middle East wars in the name of “spreading democracy.”
The U.S. military has engaged in many wars worldwide, but most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The first bombing campaign of the Afghanistan War began in 2001, prompted by a joint resolution signed by President George W. Bush that allowed for U.S. military involvement following the 9/11 attacks.
In his first term, President Donald Trump struck a deal with the Taliban to begin a systematic withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region by May 2021. President Joe Biden released a plan to complete the withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, and by Aug. 30, 120,000 people were evacuated, but not without U.S. lives lost and many Americans abandoned.
In the video, Owens references the U.S. involvement in Iraqi conflicts, prompted by the search for weapons of mass destruction that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
“Which we never found,” Owens argued. “Because they never had any weapons of mass destruction.”
The Iraq War lasted from 2003 to 2011 and Saddam Hussein was executed in 2007. A presidential commission report finished in 2005 concluded that the U.S. was “dead wrong in almost all of its pre-war judgments” of said weapons of mass destruction.
Owens argues that this is a repeated narrative from the U.S. government. “This is what we do,” she said.
“We continue to drop bombs in the Middle East,” Owens continued, “all while claiming the moral high ground.”