October 30, 2012

Time to Get Tough on Iraq

Nussaibah Younis, New York Times

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The next president of the United States must fundamentally reassess America’s broken relationship with Iraq.

Under two American presidents now, the regime of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has operated in an atmosphere of immunity while the United States government focused on pacifying Iraq and finding its way to leave. Fearful of how criticisms of Iraq reflect on American policy, and now resolutely opposing any re-entanglement in Iraqi affairs, Washington’s approach has been simply to look the other way while Iraq runs roughshod over America’s strategic interests in the region.

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