WASHINGTON (AP) — The legacy of the Iraq war has complicated President Barack Obama's efforts to muster support for military action against Syria.
As a senator, Obama opposed the Iraq war.
As president, he brought it to a close.
But that war's end did not erase memories of the false premise on which President George W. Bush built a case for the U.S.-led bombing campaign and ground invasion.
Bush urged the American public, the Congress and the international community to believe intelligence assessments that Saddam Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction — a claim later proved wrong.
Now Obama is holding Syrian President Bashar Assad responsible for a reported chemical weapons attack and saying that justifies military action against the Damascus government.
But there are doubts about whether the evidence is convincing.