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Obama defends U.S. invasion of Iraq while criticizing Russia

Obama defends U.S. invasion of Iraq while criticizing Russia 26 Mar 2014 President Barack Obama defended the American invasion of Iraq Wednesday in a high-profile speech to address the Russian takeover of Crimea. Russian officials, Obama noted, have pointed to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq as an example of "Western hypocrisy." Obama struggled, however, in his attempt to defend the legality of the invasion. The war was unsanctioned by the United Nations, and many experts assert it violated any standard reading of international law. The war was unsanctioned by the United Nations, and many experts assert it violated any standard reading of international law. "We did not grab its [Iraq's] resources for our own gain," Obama argued. In fact, the U.S. forced Iraq to privatize its oil industry, which had previously been under the control of the state, and further required that it accept foreign ownership of the industry.