Each of the Last Four U.S. Presidents Announce
That We're Bombing Iraq
By Peter Suderman
September 15, 2014 "ICH"
the primetime presidential speech announcing
expanding authorization for airstrikes in Iraq
and Syria feel kind of familiar? Like you've
heard it before?
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
via the magic of YouTube and The Huffington
Sam Stein, you can watch every president
back to the first George Bush announce a new
plan to launch military strikes in Iraq.
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
Here's President Bill Clinton in
December 1998 announcing a mission,
along with British forces, to
"strike military and security
targets in Iraq."
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."
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.
(Credit for these finds goes to to Sam Stein of
The Huffington Post, who last
up these clips on his Twitter feed.)