No, George Bush Didn't 'Go It Alone' in Iraq
New York Times reporter Mark Landler's 'White House Memo' on Sunday furthered the myth that President George W. Bush unilaterally invaded Iraq: 'Iraq, a War Obama Didn't Want, Shaped His Foreign Policy.'
Mr. Obama made much of his commitment to a multilateral foreign policy, in contrast to President George W. Bush's unilateral invasion of Iraq. That, his advisers say, grew out of a conviction the United States needed to work with others and forge consensus to restore its moral standing.
But it also reflects a sober economic reality: with more than $800 billion in costs from the Iraq war - and nearly $450 billion from Afghanistan - the United States can no longer afford another big, go-it-alone military campaign.
Sigh. Will Times reporters ever stop promoting the myth of Bush sending America into Iraq alone? For the record, the United States actually led a 30-nation coalition in Iraq (35 countries joined the fight in Afghanistan).