The 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the protracted occupation was such a disaster that officials are still desperate to see comparisons between it and future US conflicts, and the White House is in particular rejecting comparisons between the push for the Iraq War and their ongoing push to attack Syria.
Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted that Iraq involved an administration “searching high and low to produce evidence to justify a military invasion” and that the Bush Administration had an explicit goal of regime change.
By contrast, the Obama Administration’s argument for war in Syria has involved producing no real evidence at all, and after years of openly demanding regime change, officials suddenly insist that’s not the goal of the war.
Though that does make it somewhat distinct from the Iraq War push, it isn’t clear how this is any better, since the Bush Administration at least went to the trouble of fabricating a lot of phony evidence to fool people into backing their war, and were straightforward about their agenda in doing so.
The Obama Administration isn’t fabricating evidence on Syria, but is instead making allegations of a totally unsubstantiated nature and expecting them to be universally endorsed automatically. Likewise, while it is clear the administration’s agenda of regime change is still there in the long run, they’re just pretending it’s not until the missiles start flying.
Even the ever-hawkish Donald Rumsfeld, one of the architects of the Iraq debacle, is warning that the Obama Administration hasn’t done anything to really make a case for why the war is in the national interest. And if there’s one thing Rumsfeld knows, its how to sell the American public on a bad war.
6 thoughts on “White House Rejects Iraq-Syria Comparison”
Only the name of the countries are different, otherwise the same regimes are behind war in Syria as in Balkan as in Libya. USA, England , france, Saudis sunny Muslims and again Saudis sunny Muslims and again Saudis sunny Muslims. An over and above any kind if dictatorial regimes that brought shame on Muslims around the world, a regime which don't have any respect for humanity nor consider others as human then themselves, Saudi barbarians have proved this fact in Libya, in Iraq and now Syria. They are the one providing chemicals, according to Syrian witnesses saying that it was Saudis agents supplied the recent chemical to their forces in Syria which used the chemical against the Syrian people, USA and EU governments just playing along waiting for the right moment to do the same as they did in Iraq, this time the names as Madeline Albright and Bill Clinton, have changed to Barack Hussein Obama and Kerry, before Kerry it was Hillary Clinton, yet same policy different names and different tactics for protecting the Saudi and UAE tyrants.
Everyone know’s It’s about regime change in keeping with Israel’s “National Interest”, while the price of gas is going through the roof compliment of the Saudis.
…"officials suddenly insist that’s [regime change] not the goal of the war…."
Sensible humans LEARN from their mistakes, and the lessons that ancient History has taught us.(cycles, anyone?) Just because people reach a "high" station in life doesn't mean that they are wise.
The predominant influence on history and current events is not knowledge of the past: it is human nature.
And our nature has not changed one iota since it emerged.
not since cain killed able
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