President Obama tried to defuse opposition to Syrian intervention by suggesting that hesitation now will be a repeat of the error America made in waiting to enter World War II.
The Telegraph transcribed Obama’s Friday speech at the G20 Summit, including the reference back to World War II:
Those kinds of interventions, those kinds of actions are always unpopular, because they seem distant and removed.
And I want to make sure I’m being clear. I’m not–I’m not drawing an analogy to World War II, other than to say when London was getting bombed, it was profoundly unpopular, both in Congress and around the country, to help the British.
It doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right thing to do. It just means people, you know, are struggling with jobs and bills to pay, and they don’t want their sons or daughters put in harms way. And these entanglements far away are dangerous and different.
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