September 11, 2014 by History in a Hurry
Shorter Obama War Speech…The Top Five List
written by daniel mcadams
thursday september 11, 2014
Here are the top five take-aways from President Obama’s September 10 speech announcing a new, multi-year [war] in the Middle East:
1) Obama officially adopts Bush Administration’s pre-emptive war doctrine.
If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States. ..we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland…
We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.
2) Obama hails regime change in Iraq as begining of new era. There is an “inclusive” government Obama can work with, he claims. But the “new” government is chock full of holdovers from the old one and is actually less inclusive because the Kurds are refusing to take their seats despite great US pressure and there are actually less, not more, Sunnis than under “bad, non-inclusive” Maliki.