Skip to comments.U.S. to support fight on al Qaeda in Iraq without troops: Kerry
Posted on 01/05/2014 3:01:08 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced confidence on Sunday the Iraqi government and tribes would be successful in their fight against al Qaeda, and said Washington was not considering sending troops back to Iraq.
Sectarian and ethnic tensions have risen in Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011, inflamed by the conflict in neighboring Syria, where mainly Sunni rebels are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Shi'ite Iran.
The Iraqi army has joined forces with local tribesmen to battle al Qaeda, which has teamed up with groups of Syrian rebels to try to create across the Iraqi-Syrian border a state based on strict medieval Sunni Islamic practice.
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The U. S. should NEVER have attacked and sent troops to Iraq in the first place. The region would be much better off today if Sadam Hussein hadn’t been deposed and executed.
Our Department of State has been rudderless for decades and it would be better off if we’d just eliminate the position of SOS because with Clinton and now Kerry in charge our position in world affairs can go nowhere but down.
So, Israel would have been left alone peacefully? What is shortsighted- your statements, or my question?
Our foreign policy should always represent US interests, not Israel or any other country.
Israel would be better off if we never went into Iraq. Saddam was a Stalinist mass murderer but a secular one, he did an effective job controlling both Sunni radicals at home and Shiite lunatics in Iran.
The removal of Saddam greatly strengthened Iran, giving it the clout and political cover for developing nuclear weapons.
Even worst, the Iraq War is a direct cause of the Arab Spring with destabilization of secular governments and rise in fundamentalist political power. Right now Israel is facing the prospect of two Al-Qaeda states arising on its border, one in Egypt and one in Syria.
The US public has had it with the region, there is no political will to start another war in the region, one that will be bloodier than Iraq/Afghanistan or even Vietnam. Iran will have nukes and give them to Hezbollah, Syria, maybe even Hamas. Egypt, Syria, and Iraq may become Al Qaeda outposts. If Israel is attacked they may have to fend for themselves.
Bush was worst for Israel and US foreign policy than Carter, and Obama is continuing the trend.
How does Israel not represent Our US interests in the middle east?
Israel will survive this current world action. The US, perhaps will not. You have a good insight...
I believe, sir or madam, that it is your inane question.
Saddam was a buffer and a threat to Iran. Give me an example of any untoward motions he made in regards to Israel.
Had the United States stayed out of the 1967 war Israel would have decisively won instead of being stalemated and would be the foremost power in the entire middle east. Instead our meddling then and now is a pointless trip down a dark hole.
I think that our war in Iraq was well fought, and Iraq was in a great position to move forward with prosperity. Then the numbskull Obama came along preaching of peace and humanity.....
I will indulge you one time- SCUD missiles.
HE BETTER NOT SEND OUR TROOPS BACK TO IRAQ. WHAT A NERVE THINKING ABOUT IT. GET THEM ALL HOME!
The United States doesn’t have a treaty obligation to protect Israel from attack, nor would the Israelis have needed help kicking Saddam’s butt.
Maybe that should be made more clear to ALL the players involved.
What in the hell do the scuds have to do with anything under discussion here? Your statement makes absolutely no sense. Scuds have no guidance systems and should more appropriately be called duds.
Do you believe Israel should have been halted by the USA playing Big Brother?
Did Iraq splash scuds?
Would you care to elaborate intelligently on your stance? Otherwise response is pointless.
Now. Let’s all go to church.
“U.S. to support fight on al Qaeda in Iraq without troops”
And how did that work in benghazi?