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Republican Christie backs 'coalition of the willing' for Iraq

Republican presidential hopeful, New Jersey Gov. Christie addresses an economic summit in OrlandoNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, advocated a “coalition of the willing” on Sunday to help fight Islamic State in Iraq, borrowing a phrase from George W. Bush’s unpopular war. “Well, listen, you know, we’ve got to put together a coalition of the willing, which has been used before … and used successfully in that region,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” In 2003, former President Bush used the phrase to refer to countries that supported the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. In a presidential debate while seeking re-election in the 2004 vote, Bush defended the coalition with a line that would become embraced by satirists, “You forgot Poland.” It was not the first time a likely 2016 Republican candidate had trouble hitting the right note on Iraq.

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