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Cary Brunswick

April 1, 2014

History hurts our credibility on Crimea

What? President Obama had to try to justify our invasion of Iraq so that the U.S. does not look ridiculous in condemning Russia’s intervention in Crimea.

You have to admit the Iraq war has come back to haunt us, despite the president’s insistence that “at least we sought to work within the international system” before launching our “shock and awe” to pave the way for the invasion.

Russia, which has massed tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine’s border after Crimea’s “illegal” vote to exit that nation and rejoin Russia, has mocked the moral arguments of the U.S. as an example of Western hypocrisy.

Obama keeps warning of more isolation and sanctions against Russia if it engages in any further aggressive actions toward Ukraine. But speaking in Brussels last week at a European Union-U.S. summit, what a shame that the president was forced to address the Iraq war and almost seemed to regret the fact that he had opposed it.

“It is true that the Iraq war was a subject of vigorous debate, not just around the world but in the United States, as well. I participated in that debate, and I opposed our military intervention there.

“But even in Iraq,” he continued, “America sought to work within the international system. We did not claim or annex Iraq’s territory. We did not grab its resources for our own gain. Instead, we ended our war and left Iraq to its people in a fully sovereign Iraqi state that can make decisions about its own future.”

Yes, we sought international support, and popular favor within the U.S., but with lies about weapons of mass destruction. The Bush government even had many Americans thinking Iraq was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

And, speaking about Russia, Secretary of State John Kerry had the guts to say it was simply not OK to invade another country on a “completely trumped-up pretext,” or because you’d like a regime change.

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