June 17, 2014

Can Iraq Be Saved?

Zalmay Khalilzad, The National Interest

The Associated Press

The sudden fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and large swaths of the country’s Sunni regions to groups of insurgents and extremists spearheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a grim manifestation of the failure of the country’s leaders to implement a system of governance as agreed in the constitution. Iraq’s mistakes—and those of the international community, including the United States—were not unavoidable, though, and the lessons learned can help resolve similar governance dilemmas in Syria and Afghanistan.

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June 16, 2014
How U.S. Politics Undermines U.S. Security
Clive Crook, Bloomberg View
As Iraq unravels, a painful truth about U.S. politics and foreign policy is becoming more evident: The U.S. is very good in all-or-nothing situations, but all-or-nothing situations don't often arise. more ››
June 16, 2014
Obama Got the Result He Wanted in Iraq
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist
If Iraq is falling to al-Qaeda, it’s because this administration deliberately chose to throw away the victory handed to them by George W. Bush. The left thought we should have lost the war in Iraq, they wanted us to lose... more ››