"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.