You’re absolutely right, mr. President! The peaceful transition of the Crimea can by no standards be compared to the horrendous atrocities the US committed in Iraq (and Afghanistan too, for that matter).
President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to debunk criticism that America has acted hypocritically in condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine, dismissing any comparison to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
“Even in Iraq, America sought to work within the international system,” said the commander-in-chief in a major foreign policy speech at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. “We did not claim or annex Iraq’s territory. We did not grab its resources for our own gain.”
Obama noted that he opposed America’s military intervention in Iraq. But he added the U.S. eventually “ended our war and left Iraq to its people in a fully sovereign Iraqi state that can make decisions about its own future.”
Related: Former German Chancellor: Russia’s Actions in Crimea ‘Completely Understandable’