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WSJ: Obama's Return to Iraq Shows His Worldview Was Wrong

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 09:18 AM

President Barack Obama's decision to send the United States back into Iraq to combat the Islamic State (ISIS) is a wholesale indictment of his foreign policy, The Wall Street Journal said.

In an editorial Tuesday, the newspaper said that the decision is a tacit admission the president was wrong in his insistence that the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks had alienated the world in its use of force.

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It also shows that his foreign policy approach has been wrong, including the policy of withdrawing from Iraq, the refusal to act in Syria, and attempts to negotiate with adversaries such as Iran and Russia.

"Mr. Obama can blame this rising tide of disorder on George W. Bush, but the polls show the American public doesn't believe it. They know from experience that it takes time for bad policy to reveal itself in new global turmoil," the editorial board wrote.

The Journal added that Obama squandered the gains from the 2007 surge in Iraq, "producing terrorist victories and more danger for America."

"Mr. Obama's intellectual and media defenders were complicit in all of this, cheering on his flight from world leadership as prudent management of U.S. decline," the editorial board wrote.  "Even now, some of his most devoted acolytes write that Mr. Obama's 'caution' has Islamic State's jihadists right where he wants them. It is hard to admit that your worldview has been exposed as out-of-this-world."

The Journal concluded by saying that it awaits the president's foreign policy address Wednesday to judge the merits of his plan to combat ISIS, but that it hopes Obama will be more realistic in his approach than he has previously been in his foreign policy.

"Whatever he says will have to overcome the doubts about American resolve that he has spread around the world for nearly six years. One way to start undoing the damage would be to concede that Dick Cheney was right all along."

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President Barack Obama's decision to send the United States back into Iraq to combat the Islamic State (ISIS) is a wholesale indictment of his foreign policy, The Wall Street Journal said.
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