Monday, August 11, 2014

Intervening in Our Name

Charles M. Blow, NYT
AUG. 10, 2014

Americans, it must be admitted, are not always the most engaged people on world issues. It’s a sad truth.

But the world, at this moment, is aflame, and more Americans must perk up and pay attention. Before we know it, we will have already been drawn into these conflicts.

On Thursday, President Obama said he had authorized limited airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, which the president said threatens some citizens of northern Iraq with “genocide.” The president, ever-conscious of his own commitment to extract us from the war in Iraq and of American weariness about our re-engaging, added: “As commander in chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into another war in Iraq.”

Most Americans probably had not heard of ISIS until a few months ago, but we have known about the civil war in Syria for years. Many Americans, understandably, didn’t want to engage in another foreign conflict, but from this region sprang ISIS. We, understandably, were eager to exit Iraq, but into that void flowed ISIS.

(More here.)


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