Skip to comments.Dissecting Obama's Iraq policies
Posted on 06/25/2014 8:53:13 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
For more than eight years, US troops attempted to bring peace and democracy to a post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. With the emergence of the Islamist extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), which continues to successfully seize Iraqi weapons, oil refineries and cities, critics are not only pointing fingers at the architects of the Iraq War, but at President Barack Obama, as well.
"Sooner or later, honest liberals will have to admit that Obama's Iraq policy has been a disaster," writes Peter Beinart for the Atlantic. "The White House has been so eager to put Iraq in America's rear-view mirror that, publicly at least, it has given [Iraq Prime Minister Nouri] Maliki an almost-free pass. Until now, when it may be too late."
The Obama administration stressed a need for inclusiveness between the various political groups in Iraq, writes Beinart - but in order to achieve an inclusive government, the US would have had to work hard to push a reluctant Mr Maliki toward sectarian integration.
This would have meant "investing time and energy in Iraq, a country it desperately wanted to pivot away from".
Following the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, the Obama administration's attitude toward the nation tended toward non-interventionism, says Beinart. In short: "let Maliki do whatever he wants so long as he keeps Iraq off the front page".
Not all critics agree with Beinart's take on Mr Obama's policies, however.
"Any critic of Obama's Iraq policy now ... must credibly explain how those troops would have redirected Maliki's arrogant and mistrustful political energies toward consensus or inclusiveness," writes Major Garrett for the National Journal. "They wouldn't have. Period."
"By ignoring Iraq, and refusing to defend democratic principles there, [Mr Obama] has helped spawn the disaster we see today," he concludes.
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a) Weakens America/AmericansI have yet to have anyone raise a single substantive counter example in several years of posting this.
b) Distances America's allies
c) Strengthens America's enemies
d) Serves Islam
e) Harms Israel
Or some combination of the above.