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Jeff Sachs: Iraq War ‘Much More Serious Violation of International Law’ Than Crimea Invasion

Frequent MSNBC contributor and economist Jeffrey Sachs seemed displeased with President Barack Obama’s invocation of the war in Iraq during a speech in Brussels addressing Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea. Obama drew the distinction between the United States invasion and subsequent withdrawal from Iraq to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of and territorial acquisition in Ukraine. Sachs said that Obama was wrong and he thought the Iraq war was a “more serious violation of international law” than Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The message wasn’t all that sharp and all that clear,” Sachs said of the president’s address in Brussels. “It was a rather verbose speech.”

Sachs turned to Obama’s focus on international law and noted that it was “interesting” that Obama said that “both parties in this dispute have violated international law,” though he later corrected himself and said he was not sure Obama had gone “that far.”

“He did point to the Iraq war,” Sachs continued. “After all, that was an unprovoked war by the United States, completely opposed inside the United Nations without U.N. sanction, ended up with at least 100,000 Iraqis dead. I would argue, a much more serious violation of international law than this.”

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