On Dec. 14, 2011, President Obama proudly proclaimed the “end” to the Iraq war, announcing that “there is something profound about the end of a war that has lasted so long." He was blasted by Sen. John McCain, a strong supporter of fighting to victory in Iraq: "I believe that history will judge this president's leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves.” For nearly a decade, AEI scholars have written on the conduct of the Iraq war, the foundations of the invasion and the prospects for a postwar Iraq.
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President Obama has so far ordered some 1,100 troops into Iraq and conducted close to 100 airstrikes. These limited tactical measures alone will neither permanently reverse ISIS gains nor address the maelstrom in the Middle East. A combined political, economic and military strategy is needed.
Is the West willing to live with the Islamic State governing and raising armies in the heart of the Middle East? The question is not rhetorical. It is fundamental.
Obama may be tired of war, as were Hitler’s enemies. But the Islamic State is not tired of war. It has been explicit about its intentions. The lessons of history are clear.
Senior Fellow John Bolton talks to Fox News regarding the persecution of Christians in Iraq and ways the US can intervene on their behalf.
Resident Scholar Michael Rubin speaks to Fox Business about the Russian convoy attempting to enter Ukraine and the crisis with the Islamic millitant group ISIS in Iraq.
There’s always been appeal in slogans; Madison Avenue bets the bank on that every year. But they’re not much of a guide when it comes to foreign policy. And inevitably, what sounds good one year doesn’t work that well the next. Consider General Powell’s “Pottery Barn Rule”, a poor excuse for a pseudo-policy in an arena where standards are remarkably low already.
Fellow Jonah Goldberg talks to Fox News about the conflict in Iraq and President Obama's decisions during this time of crisis.