The myth that President Bush “went it alone” against Iraq refuses to die. It took the New York Times 12 days to issue a correction to its Sept. 11 claim that “Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners.”
Dana Perino provided a shot of the “heckuva” correction, published today.
While similar, President Bush’s 2003 Iraq coalition actually dwarfed President Obama’s alliance against the Islamic State – at least in its current iteration.
Bush’s international coalition to depose Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein involved over three dozen nations and tens of thousands of ground troops, including 46,000 from the United Kingdom, 2,000 from Australia, and thousands from Poland, Ukraine, South Korea, the Netherlands, and Georgia. Countries from Europe, East Asia, and Latin America all participated.