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August 08, 2014


Obama Gets Dragged Back Into Iraq

First Read: "The man who won the presidency in 2008 because he opposed the Iraq war and then ended it now finds himself facing this dilemma: Once you're back in, how do you get out? That very dilemma, according our reporting, was precisely why President Obama until yesterday hadn't committed U.S. force against the militant Sunni group ISIS, even as many in the intel community and on his own national security staff were urging him to act sooner. The fear: You get in even incrementally, and it's hard to get out. Because how do you STOP helping if the initial help doesn't work? But Obama's main calculus changed yesterday when he announced the authorization of force -- because ISIS is on the march against the Kurds in Erbil. And if you lose the Kurds, you lose Iraq."

The New York Times reports the United States began airstrikes in Iraq.












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