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Obama has morphed into what he used to criticize about George W. Bush in his run up to war with Suria

Written By : Samuel Gonzalez
August 31, 2013

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Like the old saying goes, “What goes around comes around.”  Every criticism Barack Obama hurled at George Bush run up to war with Iraq is coming back to haunt him in spades.  He’s gotten himself in an untenable foreign policy situation by dithering on an attack on Syria and fermenting a crisis that doesn’t exist.  So in essence Barack Obama has become the George Bush he used to criticize.  

obamaFox News reports President Obama, with Great Britain having rejected military action in Syria, finds himself on the verge of pursuing the very kind of go-it-alone approach that he accused his predecessor of using in Iraq.

Obama, though, may not even have a “coalition of the willing” at his back, as George W. Bush did, should he choose to pursue the military option in Syria. America’s most vital ally, Great Britain, effectively pulled out before the fireworks began, when the House of Commons voted against military action on Thursday evening.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was pushing for intervention in Syria, indicated he would not defy the will of Parliament.

Address to the Nation on Immigration. Oval.“It is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the government will act accordingly,” he said.

The United Nations Security Council has also refused thus far to give its consent to intervention in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry plans to make a public statement about the situation at 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

Yet the White House remained undeterred, escalating an argument that any potential action on Syria, to punish the Assad regime for a chemical weapons attack last week and deter future attacks, would be in the U.S. interest.

“The U.S. will continue to consult with the U.K. Government – one of our closest allies and friends. As we’ve said, President Obama’s decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the United States,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

The approach is a far cry from then-candidate Obama’s campaign-trail appeals for international cooperation.

During an April 2007 speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Obama said the U.S. cannot try to “bully [the world] into submission.”

In a 2007 essay in Foreign Affairs, he specifically warned about breaking off from European allies: “In the case of Europe, we dismissed European reservations about the wisdom and necessity of the Iraq war.”

During his July 2008 campaign speech in Berlin, Obama told Europeans that “no one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone.” He warned that “on both sides of the Atlantic, we have drifted apart, and forgotten our shared destiny” and that neither America nor Europe can “turn inward.”

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The only reason President Obama is considering military action is to save face after he warned a year ago for the Syrian government not to cross a red line by using chemical weapons.  Syria ignored Obama and used them anyway.  So all this talk of chemical weapons being a danger to the United States is an absolute lie because Syria is incapable of threatening the U.S. with such an attack.  Obama is just trying to save what little reputation he has around the world. 

Originally published at The Last Tradition

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