It looks like Obama is starting to become Bush. After years of leftists decrying “regime change” in Iraq, the leftist of leftists is now proclaiming that’s his goal as well.
The White House on Monday took new diplomatic steps to force Iraq’s prime minister from power as it looked for ways to stop fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from gaining a deeper foothold in the country.
Vice President Biden placed supportive phone calls to Iraqi President Fuad Masum and the man he picked to become Iraq’s next head of state, Deputy Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
In the calls, Biden conveyed President Obama’s congratulations and commitment to “a new and inclusive Iraqi government,” dealing a blow to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is clinging to power.
The calls left little doubt that Obama wants to push al-Maliki out the door and seek to unify Iraq’s Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds around a new leader as the U.S. seeks to stop gains by ISIS.
Of course, this time it’s a little different. Bush wanted to oust a brutal dictator, Obama just wants to oust the inept leader Bush installed. Still, it’s going to be interesting and perhaps instructive to see how the leftists react to Obama using the rhetoric of “regime change.”