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Watch Each of the Last Four U.S. Presidents Announce That We're Bombing Iraq

By Peter Suderman

September 15, 2014 "ICH" - "Reason" -  Did the primetime presidential speech announcing expanding authorization for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria feel kind of familiar? Like you've heard it before?

That's probably because you have. You've been hearing for more than two decades, from presidents on both sides of political aisle. At this point, bombing Iraq is practically a American presidential tradition. 

And, via the magic of YouTube and The Huffington Post's Sam Stein, you can watch every president back to the first George Bush announce a new plan to launch military strikes in Iraq. 

Here's George H.W. Bush in January 1991 announcing that "air attacks are already underway against military targets in Iraq." 

George H W Bush Announces War Against Iraq (January 16 1991)

 

 

 

President Clinton orders attack on Iraq

 

Here's President Bill Clinton in December 1998 announcing a mission, along with British forces, to "strike military and security targets in Iraq." 

 President Bush Announces Start of Iraq War

Here's President George Bush (the second one) in March 2003 announcing that American forces, with help from coalition partners, "are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq."

 Obama Announces Strategy to Destroy ISIS

And here's President Obama, describing U.S. airstrikes and other military operations designed to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Ah, memories. 

(Credit for these finds goes to to Sam Stein of The Huffington Post, who last night rounded up these clips on his Twitter feed.) 

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