Here’s a rule every current occupant of the White House should make for himself: before asserting that he’s doing something better than his predecessor, make sure to double-check the claim first. Our old friend John “Doc Zero” Hayward at Human Events and Fox News do the work that Barack Obama should have done himself, before claiming that he’s acting more multilaterally on Libya than mean ol’ George Bush did in Iraq:
Speaking in Chile to defend his decision to launch Operation Odyssey Dawn, President Obama couldn’t resist taking a swipe at George Bush, in a clumsy attempt to make himself look superior.
As reported by Fox News, the President declared: “In the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden.”
Except, though, that’s not true. For the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bush lined up twice as many nations for his coalition than Obama has for military action against Libya:
Coalition Forces / Iraq vs. Libya
Coalition Countries – Iraq – 2003
[Source: US State Department]
Coalition – Libya – 2011
United Arab Emirate
Moreover, a number of nations lost troops in Iraq during the first few years of that campaign, notably the Brits, Australians, and the Poles, among others. The US hardly went it alone in Iraq, militarily or diplomatically. Frankly, it’s insulting to those nations that suffered those losses to hear an American President assert that the US military “ended up bearing the entire burden.”
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