Yet this civil war is one of the Shiite-controlled Iraqi government’s own making through their continued refusal to allow Sunni Muslims and Kurds to share in the political process in Iraq. As such, no amount of military intervention will create a stable Iraq unless there is a government which takes into account the rights of the Sunni and Kurdish minorities.
All of the conservative warmongering players are back pushing for military intervention with the use of ground troops in Iraq: GOP Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), former vice-president Dick Cheney with his daughter Liz by his side, Bill Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, and the list goes on.
Of course all of these war hawks want the public to ignore the fact that they were either completely ignorant of Middle East foreign policy though still willing to risk the lives of American service personnel or complicit in one of the most despicable foreign policy lies of our nation’s history.
The latter seems more likely as their unfounded arguments and false information were too well coordinated to be coincidence. Add to this the fact that as solid factual information was made public to which they could no longer dance around, the Iraq War cheerleaders made up new arguments for the war that were far too well-coordinated with one another to be written-off as mere ignorance.
Furthermore, ignorance does not explain why they are presently refusing to acknowledge key facts in the past several years of Iraq’s history. In their current push for war, Republicans are erringly quick to blame President Barack Obama for the 2011 troop withdrawal from Iraq when in reality the withdrawal was agreed upon with the Iraqi government during President George W. Bush’s time in office. In fact, had the United States disregarded the treaty and kept troops in Iraq past the 2011 deadline, such an act could have been considered an act of war.
Yet on Thursday Senator John McCain in the official Senate record blasted President Obama for not leaving troops in Iraq past 2011. Such an attack against the reality of the situation illustrates that McCain is either inept in the most basic matters of foreign relations or that his blind hatred for the President of the United States continues to keep him from seeing the facts of the situation.
No, there can be no possibility peace in Iraq without the Shiite leadership’s allowance for Sunnis and Kurds to participate in the building of their nation. Without a sincere effort by the Iraq government to allow fair representation and voice for all Iraqi citizens our intervention in any way would be a complete waste of time and money.