Congressional Quarterly provides this excerpt from Obama’s AIPAC speech:
We knew, in 2002, that Iran supported terrorism. We knew Iran had an illicit nuclear program. We knew Iran posed a grave threat to Israel. But instead of pursuing a strategy to address this threat, we ignored it and instead invaded and occupied Iraq.
In 2002, and thereafter, the Bush administration was touting that the solution on Iran was diplomatic and was to encourage the feckless European negotiations with the mullahs. Despite the futility of these negotiations, by 2006, the Bush administration jumped from encouraging them from the sidelines to direct participation in them.
What “strategy to address this threat” would Obama have employed? He wants to negotiate with our enemies, and that’s just what Bush was doing. Of course, Obama preposterously asserts that the U.S. invasion of Iraq is what caused the “flames of extremism” to be fanned in Iran (he might want to check out the history of Iran, 1979 – 2003). But other than not invading Iraq, what’s the Messiah’s Iran plan?