This is the first of a four-part essay series hosted here on the YAL blog which will address the alliances between the US government and sponsors of international terrorism. Stay tuned for the next three parts, which will publish daily this week.
Recent events in Iraq have created a furor in the media and have unsettled many Americans who have devoted precious time and energy to the War in Iraq.
Journalists and media personalities have made a lot of noise about what is going on there and the many angles to this story cite the failed foreign policy of the Obama Administration, the failures of the Bush Administration, and the false pretext of making the war an unfortunate reality. Some say we should not redeploy any forces to the area; some say our military is unable to redeploy even if it wanted to; and the situation is complicated, to say the least.
However, among the more ludicrous, albeit marginal, ideas getting airplay is the suggestion of actually redeploying American troops to Iraq on a large scale. The "reasoning" behind this outdated neocon proposal is hinged on the idea that we cannot allow radical Wahabist Sunnis to use Iraq as a base of operations to launch attacks on the United States mainland.
In my humble opinion—and I do not profess to have all the answers—this line of reasoning is a provocative and outrageous position. It defies logic. Taking this position a full 11 years after the same rationale was falsely used to promote preemptive military action against Saddam Hussein offers an irony so sharp, it is difficult to discuss… but I digress.
Yet what is important to discuss is how United States foreign policy has gone so wrong. How has the US found itself