If President Barack Obama starts bombing Syria, it will be the eighth open military conflict of his presidency.
When Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, gave his oath at the inauguration, there were three theatres of wars: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
In 2011, America was more or less kicked out of Iraq. By then, Obama had surged troops in Afghanistan and increased cross-border strikes in Pakistan.
He initiated a bombing and air campaign in Libya that ended in a boots-on-the-ground situation that was likely much bigger than anyone without a clearance knows. That’s six.
He then aided in French direct operations in Mali by providing surveillance drones and transport. That’s seven.
Of course, that’s eight overt military excursions.
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