Lewis Diuguid

August 11, 2014

U.S. airstrikes aid Kurdish forces in Iraq

America’s engagement in Iraq must remain limited. The U.S. can ill-afford sending troops back into Iraq.

The U.S. over the weekend went back into Iraq with airstrikes, disrupting Islamic State militants’ march near the Kurdish capital of Irbil.

Kurdish forces as a result were able to retake two towns that had fallen to the militants. But America has no stomach for going back into that war-torn country after having withdrawn U.S. troops in December 2011.

President Barack Obama made the call on U.S. airstrikes because of the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki being overwhelmed by Islamic State forces. Let’s hope the engagement will be more like Libya instead of a redo of America in Iraq all over again.

Al-Maliki also surprised people over the weekend by refusing to step down in the country that he politically divided enabling the entrenchment of the Islamic State. That doesn’t bode well for a short U.S. military engagement.

Humanitarian aid in food and water drops also are being delivered by the U.S. But Obama must remain committed to just a limited U.S. involvement with warplanes and armed drones and not send in U.S. troops again. That would begin another disastrous time in that Middle Eastern country.

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