Wednesday, August 05, 2015

President Obama: America's mindset prefers military action over negotiation

During his speech to promote the nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, President Obama said America's mindset prefers military action over negotiation.

"Now when I ran for president eight years ago as a candidate who opposed the decision to go to war in Iraq, I said they America didn’t just have to end that war we had to end the mindset that got us there in the first place.

"It was a mindset characterized by a preference for military action over diplomacy. A mindset that put a premium on unilateral US action over the painstaking work of building international consensus. A mindset that exaggerated threats beyond what the intelligence supported.

"Leaders did not level with the American people about the cost of war. Insisting we could easily impose our will on a part of the world with a profoundly different culture and history.

"And, of course, those calling for war labeled themselves strong and decisive," President Obama said.

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