We Americans have big hearts when it comes to alleviating suffering in foreign lands. We are grateful for all this nation offers, and we want to share it with others or, at least, put them on the right path to similar prosperity.
However, we’ve never been very good at saying “no,” especially when our military has played a role in conquering malevolent forces. That tendency is afflicting us with Iraq.
The Pottery Barn rule, “if you broke it, you own it,” only applies to us because we feel a responsibility for people we have tried to help. The vast resources of the United States exist for a reason, and we’ve never been the type to hoard them for ourselves.
That’s why it’s so easy for our leaders to get sucked back into Iraq. Despite a recalcitrant Shiite government, President Obama has become sucked back into that nation’s destiny, if only, ostensibly, to fight ISIS. Because a fight against ISIS does not by any means need to include Iraq.
I hope the Iraqis are able to find their way out of this dilemma without dividing the country into three separate pieces. But we need to avoid sending in any more troops — at least beyond the current batch.
The cost in terms of lives lost and wasted treasure has already been way too high.