Iraq: Have The Shiites Overreached?
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  • Corlyss

    “Americans are likely to regret leaving so precipitously (though once out of Iraq we should avoid going back in)”

    Certainly depends on what Americans. The only one who counts certainly won’t, nor will his infantile base. For them, the collapse of Iraq will be proof positive that the involvement was a mistake, if for no other reason than it was begun by a Republican. If, and only if, the tardy and wrong-footed Obama takes on Iran, will Democrats think the war good enough to fight. But of course they will make a hash of the effort and after some perfunctory noise and a lot of dead military (their way of downsizing troop strength) they’ll sue for peace, call it victory, and have another example of a favorite mantra: “War Never Solves Anything.”

  • marinaman

    It is true that any action taken by Obama will be limp wrist-ed and a failure. The Democrats lose wars, and have tried to lose every war since Vietnam.

  • Yes, right now the Sunni Shia picture in the Middle East hangs in the balance because Assad’s fate is not settled. Its hard not to feel that the Sunnis are on a roll and it must be remembered that Alawites are not Shiites. If Assad falls there are going to be some bloody consequences. Yet Assad may not fall precisely because he and the Alawites have their back against the wall. It is easy to imagine a Sunni ‘crescent’ from Egypt to Turkey with Syria in between and Shiite dominated Iraq therefore allying itself with Iran. Of course it is not hard to imagine Egypt and Turkey spending all their time trying to dominate that Sunni crescent. And Iraq trying to play both ends to their own benefit.

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