Barack Obama has repeatedly sought to differentiate himself from Republicans by arguing that he is more diplomatic and less prone to using the US military in conflicts around the world.
Obama claimed in a video of him speaking on September 10th to a small group of veterans and Gold Star mothers of slain US military personnel:
Right now, if I was taking the advice of some of the members of Congress who holler all the time, we’d be in, like, seven wars right now.
Obama went on: “I’m not exaggerating. I’ve been counting. We’d be in military actions in seven places around the world.”
Obama spoke to the veterans and mothers in the Roosevelt Room; the video was since shared by the White House via social media.
The spokesman also said that American forces have already been involved in seven locations around the world during Obama’s term in office, including Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan and Yemen.
Is Obama right? Would the US really be involved in seven wars around the globe if he had chosen to listen to some of his Republican critics?