President Obama has made his entire career off of not being George W. Bush. During his shockingly fast political rise, he differentiated himself by claiming that he had stood alone against the warmongers who wanted to depose Saddam Hussein (never mind that he wasn't in Congress at the time). During the 2008 campaign, he claimed that he wouldn't be the kind of president who would enter America into open-ended conflicts without true American interests at stake. Iraq, he said, was the bad war; Afghanistan was the good war.
Well, so much for that.
For a man who sees the war in Iraq as indicative of America's imperialistic adventurism, President Obama sure does enjoy imperialistic adventurism. In Libya, President Obama led the effort to provide al-Qaida-linked rebels with weapons and stop the Muammar Qaddafi regime from using military force to crack down on them. Never mind that Qaddafi posed little or no threat to American interests. "Confronted by (Qaddafi's) brutal repression and a looming humanitarian crisis, I ordered warships into the Mediterranean," Obama declared.
Then, in Egypt, President Obama decided to throw his lot in with the Muslim Brotherhood-led opposition to dictator Hosni Mubarak. Never mind that Mubarak allied with America to ensure at least a measure of stability in the most volatile region on the planet. "Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day," Obama announced.
Finally, in Syria, President Obama has decided to double-down in his support of the al-Qaida-led opposition to the Bashar Assad regime. Never mind that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Assad a "reformer." Never mind that Russia and China oppose action against Assad, and that the Obama administration had announced a new era of international cooperation with both countries.
"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should heed U.S. warnings to neither use nor move chemical or biological weapons, lest he risk crossing a 'red line' and provoke a U.S. military response," Obama said.
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