Finally: It looks like progressive Democrats are going to stand up to Barack Obama

President Barack Obama may be facing a revolt in his party over intervention in Iraq. Nearly three years after he claimed the war was over, the White House is preparing an airstrike campaign in Iraq against the ISIL, and that’s not sitting well with many of the progressives that make up the Democratic Party’s base:

Since Friday, thousands have added their names to two progressive petitions warning the president against military action in Iraq, one from San Francisco-based progressive group CREDO and the other hosted by MoveOn.org. Should Obama decide to go ahead with airstrikes in Iraq — he ruled out ground troops in a brief question-and-answer session with reporters at the White House Friday — progressive strategists told BuzzFeed Sunday the liberal grumbling could turn into an election year headache for the White House.
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Leaders of CREDO, a group known for strong criticism of Obama over Keystone and other issues, are already equating Obama to his predecessor as U.S. military action in Iraq goes back on the table.

“If the president takes ownership of George W. Bush’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq by launching a new round of bombing strikes, Iraq will become Barack Obama’s war,” reads the CREDO petition.

Asked if progressives were gearing up to go to war with Obama over Iraq, a senior official at another well-known progressive group said “that’s fair.”

While blame for the Iraq war lies mostly at the feet of President George W. Bush — and, sorry, there really is no arguing that point — the deteriorating situation in the country really lies at the feet of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

Sure, Republicans are quick to blame President Obama for the situation, but he abided by the timetable set under the Bush administration to withdraw U.S. troops by 2011, though it is true that he wanted to leave some sort of military presence in Iraq.

With that said, however, President Obama’s foreign policy has been too much like that of his predecessor. At one point in 2011, the United States was actively bombing seven different countries (and we may still be, for all we know), and the antiwar movement that was so vocal during the Bush administration was nowhere to be found, outside of its consistent libertarian element.

Could it be that the antiwar movement is rising with the prospect of military action in Iraq? It’s too early to say, but we’re finally seeing some signs of life. Better late than never.


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