Obama Blames Iraq for ‘Challenging’ Case in Syria

by Andrew Johnson

With a majority of the American people opposed to his plans and an uphill climb in Congress, President Obama laid the blame for the lack of support for military intervention in Syria on the previous administration’s Iraq campaign.

“I’m not sure that we’re ever going to get a majority of the American people after over a decade of war, after what happened in Iraq, to say that any military action, particularly in the Middle East, makes sense in the absence of some direct threat or attack against us,” the president told PBS’s Gwen Ifill. “Tomorrow I’ll speak to the American people — I’ll explain this is not Iraq, this is not Afghanistan, this is not even Libya.”

President Obama did the rounds of network-news shows this evening ahead of his speech tomorrow night from the White House, in which he’ll make the case for for military strikes in Syria.

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