International Politics: Iraq Vs. ISIS

Monday, August 25, 2014

Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush, about 30 kilometres east of the northern province of Nineveh. (SAFIN HAMED / Stringer/Getty)

Karen DeYoung, Washington Post senior diplomatic correspondent, discusses the latest news from Iraq.


Karen DeYoung

Comments [14]

roseellen from jackson heights

Actually it is with the Syrian rebels, like the Alquada offshoot [alquada and their offshoots are freedom fighters and not fundamentalists necessarily though we portray them that way as does Assad to justify his ongoing campaign of genocide of all Syrian Sunnis basically] that just released a prisoner, that we should be working with. Not Assad who is engaged in a genocide of Sunnis.It is that genocide of Sunnis in Syria and persecution by the Shia Maliki Bagdad government that created IS. People from all over went to Syria to topple Assad and stop his genocide as no one else would. Our indifference in Syria and our installing a Shia government capable and willing to persecute Iraqi Sunnis, created and emboldened IS.

Aug. 25 2014 10:32 PM

LOL, 192 days spent golfing ... the Little Punk obviously thinks that he can out-putt ISIS on the greens.

878 days and 17 hours until the PUNK LEAVES THE WHITE HOUSE ... as our historic first Black screw-up.

Aug. 25 2014 06:20 PM

I am fine with authorizing military action to stop the terrorists. The problem is President Obama is either unwilling or unable to present a plan of action to the American people and the the world. President Obama declined to have the US continue as world leader. Now due to President Obama's dithering he is no longer respected/trusted on the world stage. Leadership is not a mantle you can shrug off and then casually reclaim. As long as President Obama represents the US his "lead from behind" doctrine will make any type of unified fight against the terrorists difficult to achieve.

Call them the Genocidal Islamic Terrorists, GIT for short. Insulting and accurate.

Aug. 25 2014 05:04 PM

On authorization - It is not were does this leave the republicans - the problem is Obama may not be able to bring his own party along.

Aug. 25 2014 04:33 PM
ron g from Glen Rock, NJ

Re a proper name for the group carving out an Islamist state in Iraq and Syria, I suggest: Syria and Iraq al-Qaida Offshoot, SIQO, pronounced SICK-O.

Aug. 25 2014 12:07 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I *have* heard NPR newscasters say things like "the group calling itself the Islamic State." Personally, I like to call them "ISIS," because I think they'd hate being called a name that (in English, at least) sounds/looks like the name of a pagan Egyptian goddess.

Aug. 25 2014 10:51 AM
carolita from nyc

I object to using ISIS, because Almighty Isis (the female egyptian god) would object. Leave her out of this!

Aug. 25 2014 10:49 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Israel has been using both F-16s and drones against Gaza now for a very, very long time and killing many Hamas leaders, and yet they cannot win a victory over Hamas. You cannot defeat a dug in enemy without a heavy presence of "boots on the ground." My father was in two of the greatest battls of WWII, the Siege of Leningrad in which nearly 1 million died of starvation and German bombings and bombardments, and at the end at the Battle of Berlin where the Russians took over 300,000 casualties including 100,000 dead. They took Berlin and Hitler took his own life but the cost was staggering by today's standards.

Aug. 25 2014 10:46 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

ROFL, thanks for the larfs guys... "moderate" allies... hoooweeee that's a good one. Oh god, that's great stuff.

But serioustly we are being led around by the nose thanks to Saudi/Qatari terrorist funding and their "friends" in congress are trying once more to involve us in their battles. ISIL is not a threat, even to Iraq, the territory they "control" is arid desert/hill country. They are the Saudi/Qatari useful idiots. Any why update the AUMF? The imperial presidency has long since evolved beyond the need for legal justifications/authorizations for the use of force.

Aug. 25 2014 10:45 AM
Amy from Manhattan

It's easy to say we *should* have done this or that other thing in Syria &/or Iraq. So many people think they know what would have happened if the US had done something different. But whatever the US did, things could have gone horribly wrong in some other way. Like it or not, we don't know what *would* have happened if the US had taken a different kind of action.

Aug. 25 2014 10:43 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Brian you ask what are local governments doing? Iran has irregular fighters in Iraq. There are 12 or more Iranian military divisions facing “DASH/IS” in northern Iran/ Iraq border. Iran has been and is a huge player both in Iraq and Syria
The time has come to work a deal with Iran. This is know as “Realpolitik.”

Aug. 25 2014 10:40 AM

SISI weapons are the ones the CIA gave the Syrian rebels. We screw things up.

Aug. 25 2014 10:38 AM
WB from NY

Supporting the Syrian Government is the ONLY solution.

Aug. 25 2014 10:38 AM
Ed from Larchmont

A picture of the Iraqi Christians!

Aug. 25 2014 08:24 AM

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