Don't mention the Bush war; Obama's dilemma as he tries to rally UN

September 23, 2014 11:08 PM

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As he heads to the United Nations this week, US President Barack Obama will try to rally the world around military operations against Sunni Muslim extremists in Iraq, without invoking his predecessor's similar effort, which failed 11 years ago.

The setting inevitably recalls George W. Bush's months-long push to win UN backing for US threats to use force against then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. That effort was captured in most Americans' memories by then-secretary of state Colin Powell's flawed presentation purportedly showing evidence of ...

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