June 25, 2014

Beware Solution Salesmen on Iraq

Moises Naim, The Atlantic

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“Congressional leaders left the White House on Wednesday ‘deeply frustrated’ that President Obama had not found a swift resolution to the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites that began in the seventh century A.D…. ‘All we ask of this President is that he do one thing: settle a religious conflict that has been going on for a millennium and a half,’ [Senator] McConnell said. ‘What did he offer today? Nothing.’ Speaker of the House John Boehner … [added], ‘This struggle between Sunnis and Shiites has been going on for almost fifteen hundred years … [which] means President Obama has had ample time to fix it.”

 

The passage above is a spoof written by the political comedian Andy Borowitz.

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TAGGED: Shiites, Sunnis, Iraq

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