“To my Russian friends…” – Michael McFaul facebook post re: Ukraine

Ambassador Mike McFaul file photo

(Facebook – Michael McFaul – March 2, 2014 – https://www.facebook.com/russialist/posts/10203369527624843)

“To my Russian friends especially, if you argued in 2003 that it was a mistake and illegitimate for the U.S. to invade Iraq (as many Americans did as well), then why are you invoking the Iraq war to justify a Russian repetition of such an illegitimate mistake in Ukraine?

I don’t understand the logic.

You either have to say now that the U.S. invasion was legitimate and therefore Russia’s invasion is legitimate, or both are illegitimate. Cant have it both ways.

Moreover, please study closely the tremendous losses that my country and Iraq suffered in that war before advocating an analogous course of action for your country. (And don’t be fooled by those who promise as quick and easy war as some Americans also did in 2003)”