Skip to comments.Obama Moral Compass Changes on Iraq
Posted on 04/08/2014 4:39:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
in a speech in Brussels on March 26, President Barack Obama rejected Vladimir Putin's assertions regarding the wrongs of the United States invasion of Iraq. Rhetoric aside, the Russian president has no moral standing for the invasion and annexation of Crimea. Nevertheless it is important to look at Obama's own moral arguments in justifying an invasion that a majority of US citizens regard as a major US foreign policy disaster.
Putin called into question the legitimacy of the coalition behind the Iraq invasion by pointing out that president George W Bush declared, "If you are not with us, you are against us." Putin further mocked US respect for international law, saying "it's a good thing
that they at least remember that there exists such a thing as international law - better late than never". But mocking tone or not, we have a problem: both of Putin's statements have legitimacy.
In order to justify the invasion of Iraq, Obama recently claimed that "America sought to work within the international system." In fact, the United States was selective about which international law to invoke before the invasion. For example, there was no UN resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq; the UN charter forbids such an invasion.
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Obama Moral Compass?
I don’t recall him ever being accused of having one.
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The Iraq invasion may have been a disaster in hindsight, but there was no violation of international law involved.
Not to mention Putin’s claim that regarding the invasion of Iraq, Bush said “if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”
In reality, nine days after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Bush said
“And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”