June 13, 2014

Iraq and the Illusion of Control

Daniel Larison, American Conservative

The Associated Press

The U.S. is sometimes successful at installing its preferred leader in another country, but it has a very poor track record when it comes to influencing his decisions later on. We imagine that we have a degree of influence and even control in these arrangements that doesn’t exist. Does anyone seriously believe that Maliki would not have consolidated and abused his power if there were an additional ten or twenty thousand American soldiers in the country? I don’t think so.

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TAGGED: United States, Middle East, Iraq

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