Almost as an afterthought, amidst this McClatchy piece warning of the imminent onset of the regions-wide Sunni-Shiʿa conflagration that’s been imminent really since 1979 but never seems to get here, blog hero Kenneth Pollack explains the mindset of the Maximum Intervention crowd pretty succinctly: Some Iraq scholars argue that the country can be saved. Decentralization … Continue reading The Think Tank Man’s Burden
Peter Beinart is still real sorry about that whole Iraq War that he pushed a decade or so ago, and he gets why it’s upsetting (“infuriating” is the word he uses) to see the same gang of incompetent ideologues who caused Iraq to fall apart in the first place being invited back on TV to … Continue reading SENSIBLE FOREIGN POLICY LIBERALS–ASSEMBLE!
Now we come to the subject of blame. Who lost Mosul? Naturally, this being a day ending in the letter “y,” you’ve got the folks who are blaming Obama, because he’s been “indifferent” to Iraq, and because he foolishly convinced Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to let American forces leave Iraq despite the fact that … Continue reading What’s happening in Iraq, part 2: whose fault is it?
Iraq Body Count figures for August 3: 29 killed IBC total to-date for August, 2013: 63 civilians killed There were at least 15 more deaths Sunday, including at least four killed in a drive-by shooting in Kirkuk and five killed in two separate bombings in Baghdad. A car bombing in Tikrit killed an appellate judge, Sajid … Continue reading The Daily Iraq: 4 August 2013
One of the great unsolved mysteries in American politics, and a running theme at this place, is the question of how the same foreign policy “experts” who got Iraq totally wrong are still considered foreign policy experts today. I say “foreign policy experts” rather than “pundits” because I get, for better or for worse, that … Continue reading Failing ever upward
Iraq Body Count figures for July 30: 50 killed IBC total to-date for July, 2013: 941 civilians killed The AP reports 26 more dead today in several shootings (the deadliest in two Shi’i neighborhoods in Baghdad and in Mosul), but they’re not quite getting the story correct: Attacks including bombings of Shiite and Sunni mosques … Continue reading The Daily Iraq: 31 July 2013