The Pressure to Do Something in Iraq

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Aaron David Miller, vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former diplomat who left the State Department in 2003, writes in a June 14, 2014, opinion post at

The Obama administration likely will succumb to growing pressure to "do something" kinetic and dramatic in Iraq, and when it does, it will most likely be air and missile strikes against ISIS targets. This could relieve the political pressure on the President: His critics continue to blame him for abdicating U.S. leadership in Syria and in Iraq --which now faces the advancing extremist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

But answering the political mail in Washington is not the same thing as dealing with, let alone resolving, the complex issues on the ground that have led to this crisis. To do that would require a comprehensive reengagement strategy, even without boots on the ground. And President Barack Obama should not be drawn into a veritable Iraq war III.

If you want to read the entire article, please see: “Obama, don't get sucked into Iraq III.

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