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Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Obama follows in Bush's footsteps

US President Obama is involuntarily becoming the direct successor of George W. Bush, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung writes: "Obama ran for office on the ticket that he wouldn't repeat the foreign policy mistakes of his hapless predecessor George W. Bush. He was elected to bring the GIs back home from devastated Afghanistan and Iraq, and to revive his own ailing country. Now he's about to give the troops the order to attack in the name of a 'coalition of the willing' - without the blessing of the UN, but with the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime as moral justification. One can only hope that history will not repeat itself and that Syria will not be ravaged by bloody conflict even after the fall of the dictator, only to discover that the gas attack was perpetrated by the rebels. Obama will be plagued by this nightmare scenario in his moments of reflection."

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