August 30th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

President Obama flip-flops on unilateral military action

Has President Obama changed his tune on military engagement?

Today, he tried to justify a possible United States strike on Syria.

"Part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people - including children - that they're held to account," Obama said.

But prior to his presidency, in 2006, he touted his opposition to the Iraq war.

"I said then and believe now that Saddam Hussein was a ruthless dictator who craved weapons of mass destruction, but posed no imminent threat to the United States," Obama said.

What's changed the president's perspective?

OutFront: Democratic congresswoman Barbara lee (D-CA) and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. John Sutherland

    I am glad the President has decided to wate it gives more time for others to come on board Lord knows we don't need any more enemies. I don't know what is going on behind the scenes, but what I do know is that it's hard to point a finger
    if something goes wrong when they are with us.But I would like to see the Syrian government replaced!...

    September 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply

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