President Barack Obama, seeking support for the nuclear deal with Iran, is reminding the American public how fearmongering and accusations of unpatriotism pressured lawmakers into supporting the invasion of Iraq.
Obama called the debate over the Iran agreement the most important foreign policy discussion since 2002. “Many of the same people who argued for the war in Iraq are now making the case against the Iran nuclear deal,” he said in a speech at American University. “They labeled themselves strong and decisive while dismissing those who disagreed as weak, even appeasers of a malevolent adversary. More than a decade later we still live with the consequences.” As a presidential candidate, he pledged to end the Iraq War, but more importantly, “We had to end a mindset that got us there in the first place.”