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The real threat in Iraq
Jewish World Review ^ | 6/20/2014 | Caroline B. Glick

Posted on 06/20/2014 6:56:40 AM PDT by Former Fetus

Watching the undoing, in a week, of victories that US forces won in Iraq at great cost over many years, Americans are asking themselves what, if anything, should be done.

What can prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — the al-Qaida offshoot that President Barack Obama derided just months ago as a bunch of amateurs — from taking over Iraq? And what is at stake for America — other than national pride — if it does?

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The idea is that since the US and Iran both oppose al-Qaida, Iranian gains against it will redound to America's benefit.

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There are two basic, fundamental problems with this idea. First, there is a mountain of evidence that Iran has no beef with al-Qaida and is happy to work with it.

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The second problem with the idea of subcontracting America's fight against al-Qaida to Iran is that it assumes that Iranian success in such a war would benefit America. But again, experience tells a different tale.

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This brings us to the real threat that the rise of ISIS — and Iran — in Iraq poses to the US. That threat is blowback.

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But it is hard for people to recognize how events in distant lands can directly impact their lives.

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The only strategy that the US can safely adopt today is one of double containment. The aim of double containment is to minimize the capacity of Iran and al-Qaida to harm the US and its interests.

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It only took the Taliban six months to move from the Bamiyan Buddhas to the World Trade Center. Al-Qaida is stronger now than ever before. And Iran is on the threshold of a nuclear arsenal.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: glick; iran; iraq; iraqcrisis; isil; isis; us
Excellent analysis by Caroline Glick. A must read!
1 posted on 06/20/2014 6:56:41 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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2 posted on 06/20/2014 6:57:58 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

why the surprise.. Obama is ONE OF THEM.... AND THE JEWISH VOTE AND FUNDS HELPED PUT HIM IN TWICE...


3 posted on 06/20/2014 8:01:51 AM PDT by zzwhale
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