On Iraq, I have to say I am tempted to advocate committing our military to suppressing the rebellion. For the most part, I support keeping out of other countries problems. Iraq is a perfect example that this rebellion is the result of what happens to a corrupt government in that part of the world. So why the temptation? PINOBK! People In Need Of being Killed. Terminated with extreme prejudice.
If we had the ability to take out the Nigerian School Girl kidnappers without endangering innocents, who wouldn’t want that? Should it be our problem? NO! Should we be the worlds policeman? NO! But after 9/11, I can see the justification of a war on terrorism. On Iraq or Nigeria, I would not agree with any nation building. And with Iraq, I see an especially tempting target. Terrorist is large groups, concentrated in US military vehicles left for the “friendly” Iraq government. Hard to imagine a better situation where we might kill thousands of terrorists in one short exchange.
But, that is not what I would do, if it were my choice. We are allying ourselves with Iran & Syria in fighting these terrorists? Israel has said it is better to take no action. In what world can it make sense to do what our enemies want and the opposite of what a close ally suggests? And finally, with our track record in the Middle East, why would we expect any action we take to turn out good for our interests?
But yes, I am tempted. A couple of articles with several links…