Is the Quagmire In Iraq Going to Drag Us Back There?

I hope not!

But Iraq is a broken country and we are sending increasing numbers of personnel back there to “help.”

According to Reuters, “As Iraq violence grows, U.S. sends more intelligence officers.”

The United States is quietly expanding the number of intelligence officers in Iraq and holding urgent meetings in Washington and Baghdad to find ways to counter growing violence by Islamic militants, U.S. government sources said.

A high-level Pentagon team is now in Iraq to assess possible assistance for Iraqi forces in their fight against radical jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a group reconstituted from an earlier incarnation of al Qaeda, said two current government officials and one former U.S. official familiar with the matter.

The powerful ISIL, which seeks to impose strict sharia law in the Sunni majority populated regions of Iraq, now boasts territorial influence stretching from Iraq’s western Anbar province to northern Syria, operating in some areas close to Baghdad, say U.S. officials.

Senior U.S. policy officials, known as the “Deputies Committee,” met in Washington this week to discuss possible responses to the deteriorating security outlook in Iraq, said a government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject matter.

So much for the war on Terror! We went to Iraq to “liberate” the country and it is now infested with Al Qaeda forces, something that was never true before we invaded.

I realize that a case can be made for going back to Iraq on the principle of, “If you break it you bought it.”

But that is not a rational response. If it was beyond our capacity to “fix” Iraq before, what reason is there to think that we will do a better job now? There is no reason to think our political and military leadership have suddenly become more capable and competent under Obama!

Obama boasted in 2012 about withdrawing troops from Iraq. This is turning into just another false promise.