WASHINGTON — In making the case for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, President Barack Obama is drawing on the doctrine involving the use of force that he outlined less than three months ago.
The president said in a late May speech at the U.S. Military Academy that he would use military force under two scenarios.
One was a direct threat against Americans. The second was a humanitarian crisis on a scale that he said would "stir the conscience."
Obama is now arguing that both conditions have been met in Iraq.
The deteriorating situation in Iraq does appear to fall within Obama's parameters for military action.
Yet the shift from a theoretical argument for the use of force to actually using force will test the scope and application of Obama's doctrine.