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June 16, 2014


Obama Seeks Diplomacy First in Iraq

"As President Obama weighs airstrikes against marauding militants in Iraq, he has concluded that any American military action must be conditioned on a political plan to try to heal Iraq's sectarian rifts," the New York Times reports.

"The president's two-track response, the official said, stems from his belief that military strikes on radical Sunni militants, absent parallel measures to reform Iraq's government, will simply hand the country over to competing Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni fighters, and a future of unending sectarian strife."

First Read notes Obama "made it crystal clear that there's a very high hurdle for the U.S. intervening in Iraq (via airstrikes or other action), perhaps even higher than folks realize: Iraq's government has to get its act together first."












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