Letter: Mistake lingers
Iraq, the mistake that won’t go away.
After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Charles Tobias and Cliff Friend wrote the song, “We Did It Before.” The main chorus was, “we did it before and we will do it again.” That song written in 1941 could easily fit our situation in Iraq today. The uptick in violence and the resurgence of al-Qaida in neighboring Syria and the Baath Party extremists in southern Iraq.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the security situation in Iraq is deteriorating rapidly. Iraq is once again a serious concern to the U.S. in which Secretary of State John Kerry has recently reiterated. Al-Qaida in Iraq is devoting half its budget to supporting al-Nusra, militarily the most effective terrorist group now fighting to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria. In the days after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Washington announced that Iran and Syria were next for regime change prompting them to try to stop the U.S. from stabilizing its occupation of Iraq and they in turn lent their support to all of America’s opponents. This was also instrumental in stoking the Sunni/Shia divide, that now has become a regional conflict. Iraq is strategically important and the buffer zone that is essential in keeping its neighbors at bay.