America's fumble in Iraq


The same administration that couldn't build a website with a three-year deadline and a virtually unlimited budget, appears to have fumbled away the security of Iraq.

In March of 2012, President Barack Obama's deputy national security advisor, Antony J. Blinken said: "Iraq today is less violent" than "at any time in recent history."

That's a whopper topped only by the one about how you can keep your health plan, if you like it, or the one about how that crowd of "protesters" outside the embassy gates in Benghazi were disturbed to violence because of an anti-Muslim Hollywood video nobody ever saw.

Obama Administration silly-talk aside, the truth is Iraq is becoming a violent hellhole with al Qaeda re-emerging as a powerful devil. After all the American sacrifice in Iraq, this is how we leave that country -- without a strategic military presence and in the hands of government far more willing to cuddle with Iran than ever before.

Don't get me wrong. There's a lot of blame to go around with how things ended up in Iraq. It spans a number of presidents, Democrat and Republican. Can't fix the past, but we can do something about the present. First task is to recognize that somebody in Washington is asleep at the switch.

The country is spinning into chaos and our current response is -- what? -- send the Iraq government American arms? What could go wrong with that.

For more tales of woe in Iraq, spend a little time with this New York Times piece. You tell me: Why is al Qaeda returning to power in Iraq, Syria and north Africa?