Why is the new Defense Secretary recycling Bush-era arguments for our war in Iraq?
An article from the Washington Post reports Leon Panetta told a gathering of soldiers, "The reason you guys are here is because on 9/11 the United States got attacked."
These remarks show how the Obama Administration has come full circle on Iraq. As a candidate for Senator of Illinois, Obama once said of Iraq, "There were no weapons of mass destruction. There was no connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda."
Americans should not be surprised at the change in rhetoric from the Obama camp. For instance, according to OpenIssues, Senator Obama once claimed,
Now let me be clear: I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. The world, and the Iraqi people would be better off without him. But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
However, President Obama's remarks on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi reflect the hypocrisy in Obama's foreign policy.