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A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Handout

New York Times editorial: The Escalation of Unauthorized Wars

It seems like ages ago now. But it’s worth remembering how America’s latest war in the Middle East began.

In early August, shortly after militants from the Islamic State had taken over Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, President Obama authorized a volley of airstrikes. The goal then was to save Yazidis, an ethnic minority, who were being slaughtered and displaced by Islamic State militants, and to prevent the terrorist group from slipping into the semiautonomous Kurdish region in the north. The White House described it as an urgent, limited intervention that was necessary to avoid genocide.

“As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into another war in Iraq,” President Obama said at the time. Those words were suspect then. They seem preposterous now.


WNU Editor: Welcome to Washington politics .... everyone is in CYA mode and fearful of political blow-back for bad decisions .... even while U.S. troops are becoming involved in numerous conflicts around the world. Sighhh .... and Congress wonders why the public's view of them is in the dumps .... Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines (PEW Research).

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