A key part of America’s strategy in Iraq is the creation of an “inclusive” government in Baghdad, one that will pull together the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. This has been a persistent American myth since the 2003 invasion, one that is impossible realize and thus a single point of failure for Obama’s war.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday November 4, 2014 12:25 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 21, 2014 6:23 pm|
Long-time readers of my blog will remember the name Brett McGurk. Embarrassing emails he sent using a U.S. government computer system in Iraq surfaced in 2012, just as he was heading into confirmation hearings to become America’s ambassador to Baghdad. We now learn that the State Department’s efforts to investigate the incident were quashed, in part by some of the same people involved in State’s handling of the post-Benghazi fallout.
|By: DSWright Monday October 13, 2014 6:45 am|
Though there has been a sustained US-led bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria for weeks, the militant group is still progressing towards Baghdad. ISIS has steadily expanded its power in Sunni-dominated Anbar province where it is now estimated to control 80% of the territory and has overrun forces loyal to Baghdad consistently.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday September 10, 2014 12:31 pm|
For those who argued with the theory about a month ago that interceding in Iraq for “humanitarian purposes” to help the Yazidis was just a subterfuge to have the U.S. re-enter a messy war that supposedly ended for us in 2011, well, you were wrong. It was. Enjoy that slippery slope.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday August 8, 2014 9:14 am|
As America goes back to war in Iraq with airstrikes, here’s what to know and do instead…
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday June 23, 2014 9:37 am|
Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday June 18, 2014 7:19 am|
When wars end, usually there is a winner and a loser. Greeks burn down the city for the win; Trojans accept a dummy horse for the epic loss, like that. As we near the end of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq, and note the beginning of the State Department occupation (the formal mission handover is Oct. 1), it is a good time to decide who lost and who won, and what that means for the future of Iraq.
|By: DSWright Monday June 16, 2014 6:45 am|
As Iraq descends further into chaos the US embassy in Baghdad is preparing to evacuate embassy staff. There is little doubt that if ISIS fighters take control of Baghdad they will target the US embassy. The staff will be moved to Jordan or other consulates in the country not under direct threat. President Obama has [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday June 13, 2014 9:14 am|
The events unfolding now in Iraq are inevitable. They are the latest iteration of all the good we failed to do from day one of America’s ill-fated invasion in 2003.