President Barack Obama poured one compliment after another onto an audience of soldiers Dec. 14, and even came close to endorsing the Iraq campaign that he has denigrated since 2002.

“You are part of an unbroken line of heroes spanning two centuries — from the colonists who overthrew an empire, to your grandparents and parents who faced down fascism and communism, to you — men and women who fought for the same principles in Fallujah and Kandahar, and delivered justice to those who attacked us on 9/11,” Obama declared at Fort Bragg, the North Carolina base of the U.S. 82nd paratroop division.

If that wasn’t enough, Obama also told the soldiers that “unlike the old empires, we don’t make these sacrifices for territory or for resources. We do it because it’s right.”

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