Maybe Obama should consider recruiting Negroponte to join his national security team?
Ambassador Negroponte told told CNN this morning that while ISIL advances in Iraq are shocking, the situation is not irreversible. Required is for the Maliki government (or replacement) to act inclusively and for it to restore some level of confidence among the population as to its credibility. It can do that with American assistance, military technology and economic aid. He criticized the decision to pull out of Iraq without have left a residual force as planned for Afghanistan.
The ISIL poses a threat to Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the U.S., “making for some strange bedfellows,” Negroponte said.
“Stuck like a dope with a thing called hope,” might be the common theme between Iraq and and the U.S. with regard to leadership. USA Today offers a summary of the situation.
“U.S. eyes new aid to Iraq to curb insurgent march
AP12:07 a.m. EDT June 12, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is preparing to send new aid to Iraq to help slow a violent insurgent march that is threatening to take over the nation's north, officials said Wednesday. But the Obama administration offered only tepid support for Iraq's beleaguered prime minister, and U.S. lawmakers openly questioned whether he should remain in power.
With no obvious replacement for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — and no apparent intent on his part to step down — Washington is largely resigned to continue working with his Shiite-led government that has targeted Sunni political opponents and, in turn, has inflamed sectarian tensions across Iraq.
"He's obviously not been a good prime minister," said Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "He has not done a good job of reaching out to the Sunni population, which has caused them to be more receptive to al-Qaida efforts."