Australian Labor party foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek says Obama’s approach to Iraq has been far more measured than Bush’s, and has garnered international support. Speaking to ABC Television as Australia confirms it will join the U.S. to airdrop weapons to Kurdish peshmerga:
In 2003, the United States and Australia and a few others went in to Iraq without international support and without the support of the majority of the Iraqi population. The difference here is you’ve got the newly forming Iraqi government speaking with the international community, you’ve got an imminent humanitarian disaster, we’ve seen already that ISIS are prepared to commit genocide if they can. So you do have a responsibility-to-protect from the international community.