June 26, 2014

The Iraqi Friends We Abandoned

Kirk W. Johnson, New York Times

The Associated Press

It’s hard these days to escape the cold shadow of the Decent Interval. Throughout the long withdrawal from Iraq, my organization, the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, which helps Iraqis who are endangered because they once worked alongside Americans in roles like interpreters, drivers and advisers, implored the Obama administration to draw up a plan to protect them. But this White House has always maintained a degree of detachment from Iraq: The Obama team campaigned in 2008 on getting out, and in 2012 on the fact that they’d gotten out. They had convinced themselves that Iraq was in better shape than it was, seemingly secure in the knowledge that the American public wouldn’t give them too hard a time if Iraq unraveled.

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