Obama Administration: Don’t Compare Syria and Iraq
By Dana Hughes
Obama administration officials have rejected comparisons between the buildup to the 2003 Iraq war and the military strikes in Syria the administration is currently contemplating.
“What we saw in that circumstance was an administration that was searching high and low to produce evidence to justify a military invasion, an open-ended military invasion of another country, with the final goal being regime change,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said of Iraq on Wednesday.
On Syria, Earnest told reporters President Obama “has been very clear that he is not contemplating an open-ended military action,” and again drew a distinction between the two scenarios.
“What we’re talking about here is something that’s very discrete and limited,” said Earnest.
Pay close attention to how the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest parses his statements. He basically says that Syria is different from Iraq because they are “not contemplating an open-ended military action” but fails to also declare that its different than Iraq because they are not “searching high and low to produce evidence to justify a military invasion”. You really have to read between the lines with this administration.