Thursday night, President Obama became the fourth president in a row to order military action to the Middle East by authorizing airstrikes to quell Islamic radicals advancing on the Kurdish capital of Erbil.
President Obama reassured the American populace that the U.S. military would not be fighting another full-scale war in Iraq, especially since the military was pulled out in 2011 in an attempt to end the U.S. and Iraqi conflict.
During his presentation in the State Dining Room, Mr. Obama said:
"I ran for this office in part to end our war in Iraq and welcome our troops home, and that’s what we’ve done. As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq." (nytimes.com)
However, has the track record for U.S. involvement in Iraq for the past 20+ years told us anything?
The second our military has even a small presence in that part of the world, it will lead to full U.S. involvement over a crisis that seemingly has no end. No matter how hard we try.
Not trying to be pessimistic, but if our military has not been able to successfully keep the peace in that corner of the world after two decades, there is no need for our military to be present there.
Pulling out of Iraq in 2011 proved that even the United States of America could not wholly triumph in the conflicts that continue to erupt in the Middle East. While it is a responsibility of the U.S. to try and help other nations, it is not our job to ensure that they conform to our way of life and scold them when they choose to not follow our regulations.
After all, it's called Iraq, not the United States of Iraq-America.
Now, this is really a no-win situation for Mr. Obama because if he chose to do nothing, he would get admonished for not interfering. If he chose to intervene (which he already has done), he will get reprimanded for trying to solve an unsolvable situation (again, which is already happening).
This past year alone has proved that the U.S. needs to stay out of the affairs of other nations and focus on the problems that plague OUR nation. How can we expect to fix other countries if we can't even fix our own?
More coverage will soon follow.
By: Matthew Romeo
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