Iraq crisis: The speech Obama should have given

President Obama gave a brief, forgettable speech at the White House Friday about Iraq, where marauding jihadists are threatening to capture Baghdad. Here’s the speech he should have given instead.

“My fellow Americans, I come to you today from the Oval Office with a heavy heart and sober ­humility. Events around the world, including but not limited to the shocking terrorist surge in Iraq, lead me to make a painful admission.


“I confess to making serious mistakes on foreign policy. My decisions, centered in the Mideast but also extending to Europe, Russia, Latin America and Asia, were based on flawed assumptions about how others would react to my being president and to a lighter American footprint.

“As we see now, my repeated apologies for America’s past and promises we would be more respectful have not had the desired result. I believed we could usher in an age of peace and cooperation that did not require the United States to be the world’s policeman.

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