December 23, 2012

Obama Repeating Bush's Mistakes in Syria

Michael Rubin, NY Daily News

AP Photo

That regime change will likely come without any U.S. military commitment should not be a source of White House pride, however. As an eyewitness and Pentagon participant in both Iraq pre-war planning and postwar reconstructing, I see the Obama team replicating Bush administration mistakes one by one.

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TAGGED: Bashar al-Assad, Syria, Iraq, United States, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Middle East


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