What should we do in Iraq? I’ve already given my opinion. I think we need to identify our interests, quantify them, assess our abilities, and take whatever action consistent with our abilities will actually advance our interests.
I don’t think that President Obama’s most recent sally, sending advisors, is anything but a face-saving measure. It doesn’t really interest me. Complaining that Maliki must go strikes me as the stuff of campus radicals, operating under the theory that anything must be better than the status quo. That’s fine for a kid of 18 but not nearly so in fifty year old men and women who should recognize just how much worse things could actually become.
If we have no interests and there’s nothing we should or can do, I think we should maintain a low profile, i.e. STFU.
As it is I think we’re advancing tactics without identifying objectives, rarely a prudent move.
I’m not much interested in debating about “who shot John?” Our foreign policy has been a hash since September 2001. There’s plenty of blame to go around.
So, what should we do in Iraq?