June 15th, 2014
03:41 PM ET

U.S. defending the indefensible in Iraq

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By Fareed Zakaria

If the Bush administration deserves a fair share of blame for “losing Iraq,” what about the Obama administration and its decision to withdraw all American forces from the country by the end of 2011?

I would have preferred to see a small American force left in Iraq to try to prevent the country's collapse. But let's remember why this force is not in Iraq. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki refused to provide the guarantees that every other country in the world that hosts U.S. forces provides.

Some commentators have blamed the Obama administration for negotiating badly or half-heartedly and perhaps this is true. But here's what a senior Iraqi politician told me in the days the American deal was being discussed. “It will not happen,” he said, “Maliki cannot allow American troops to stay on. Iran has made very clear to Maliki that its number one demand is that there be no American troops remaining in Iraq. And Maliki owes them.”

This Iraqi politician reminded me that Maliki had spent more than two decades in exile, most of it in Tehran and Damascus and his party had been funded by Iran for most of its existence…

…Washington is debating whether air strikes would work or training forces would be more effective, but its real problem is much larger and is a decade in the making. In Iraq, it is defending the indefensible.

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  1. Debbie

    What a Christian and kind prospective chrissy... and yes I do know what you mean...

    June 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  2. Peshwar

    Better hurry up your decision Mr. President, as defending Baghdad will become very difficult over the next few days. We will judge you by what you do and do not do.

    June 17, 2014 at 7:30 am | Reply
    • Bob

      After GWB and his war mongers dropped depleted uranium all over Iraq we would be insane to send our troops in there to bring them home with cancer.

      June 21, 2014 at 9:30 am | Reply
  3. The Entire GOP Platform In A Single Paragraph

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    June 17, 2014 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • fred champ

      Hello,
      Have you the reporter forgot one important aspect of all this mess?The ISIS whom try to overtake iraq, was actually
      fueled and recruited members off the syria civil war which had started some two or three years ago.It started this civil
      syrian conflict under the actual Obama administration.It had the duty to take care of the matter and since the insurgency
      over syria grew stronger and more able to do harm across the border over in iraq.

      Don't meddle with Syria seemed to have been the moto.To let it go don't seem to fit well with what we have on our hands.I think it is a direct cause from one conflict to the other.While i am at it the fact there was no al quaeda in Iraq before the whole iraq invasion started up don't say for sure them wouldn't have come later on in place,just to show my example fit in well,isn't what had happened in syria them actually had gotten in later on?
      Am i clueless here?Is it just me?

      June 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm | Reply
      • Bob

        If the idiots in the white of 2003 didn't liar so they could have a fun war in Iraq and steal thier oil we would not be in this mess with Syria or Iraq now.

        June 21, 2014 at 9:23 am |
  4. jann

    The US sets itself up as the world's police, invaded the most countries in the last decades, supported fighters and revolutions of every stripe as in Syria and Ukraine, deposed legitimate leaders yet is not responsible for any outcomes? What is the purpose of action then if there are not measurable, or is it that they only take responsibility for positive outcomes. Except for deposing Saddam Hussein, not one goal was met in Iraq.
    There is no action without a reaction, anywhere. And the gathering response to actions in the Pacific, Ukraine, Middle East, North Korea and Iran is going to be inevitably felt. Our dying words will be 'but we had nothing to do with it!'

    June 17, 2014 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Kath

      Well, we should have never invaded Iraq; once we did we had no plan going forward -none, no electricity in the city, no medical, no training. BUSH fired all the top generals in the Iraq army who angry, without an income, but WITH skills migrated to a group like ISIS bent on revenge/religiously motivated. WHAT possible outcome could we expect? How dare Bremer, Wolfowitz, Cheney even open their mouths. We were arrogant and illiterate with respect to Kurds, Shia, Sunni – and the deep hatred for each other; there never was a country of Iraq; simply a dictator who kept maniacal military control on all. No way would I ever support doing anything now. Malaki made a deal; wanted Americans out; not just out but wouldn't even sign a SOFA agreement. And now, how would we even state was our goal would be? Kill all of these terrorists, how? Use bombs, where? Give weapons? to whom. Stop Bagdad from falling? for how long? and at what price? This is a sick case of ignorance causing a war; and the needless sacrifice of our young men and women, let alone a trillion dollars spent; still and always accruing interest. Wisdom is knowing what you can do; what you must do and in some cases what you should not do. Watching the GOP a la Lindsey Graham who never served a day, sit back and criticize NOW; its sickening.

      June 19, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Reply
      • sam

        See Kath that's where your wrong..we tried to rebuild a couple Sam's to supplies electric power but it kept getting destroyed by the Taliban..and we did set up clinics. Etc..but if the people do t carry on after we leave..That's not our problem

        June 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm |
      • sam

        That's dams

        June 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm |
      • it is a little more complex than that

        Thanks for your comment Kath. Iraq was always a nightmare. I notice you said a trillion dollars spent on the Iraq war. Try THREE trillion, for reality. Read Joe Stiglitz's book on the Iraq mess, to get a better picture. Also, watch: Iraq for Sale, and No end in sight, done by PBS, to understand this mess a little better..............

        June 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm |
  5. Bill

    The US invested billions in this country and to let it fall to ISIS at this point represents a total failure of US efforts, blood and money. The Obama administration must act to save this situation, once done the political process will have to be restarted as the reason ISIS has gained so much ground is that at present Iraq is only represented by the current Iraqi administration to the exclusion of all others, thus they are disenfranchised and looking for change.

    June 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • Kath

      Bill, I agree with part of what you say; it IS a bitter pill to swallow realizing we should never have invaded; we wasted American lives; and money. I'm not willing to waste one more thing. WE will never get inside the minds of these religious fanatics and their internal hatred between Kurds,Shia, Sunni...ISSA is a group of about 5 thousand Sunni bent on revenge against Shia ruled Iraq.These insane zealots have always hated each other, how would we or why would we go in now? And what would we do; bomb? who and where? NO, the Arab word needs to clean up their own insanity, not my brother, father, sister, son, daughter etccccc. It is like the Myth of Sisyphus-we will always be rolling that same rock up hill.....

      June 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  6. babyhearts

    We are currently operating in Nasiriyah on children with heart disease and I can tell you that the entire country that exists outside of those held by ISIS at present are all scared to think what may happen. We are talking to parents, doctors and nurses and they are truly frightened that their country is going to be torn apart again, all sure it will make the last 11 years look like a walk in the park compared to what they think ISIS will do to the people.

    June 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  7. Barbara

    The invasion of Irag was based on falsehoods. No one wants us to go back in there again. Al Maliki has brought this on himself. What would you suggest we do, Jann?

    June 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Kath

      agree, yet I'm amazed reading how many Americans think bush was successful in iraq; and believe that the 2011 withdrawal was obama's idea nor do they know anything about malaki's refusal to sign a SOFA agreement allowing our troops to fight on their behalf legally. i just listened to cheney it was disgusting; how dare bremer, cheney and wolfowitz even begin to voice an opinion. yet i see many republicans have already bought it AGAIN, without knowing anything about this part of the world at all.

      June 19, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  8. Barbara

    Sending in troops is out of the question. Air raids on ISIS run the risk of killing civilians. So what do we do?

    June 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  9. chri§§y

    Well you are if you think its our DUTY to be the world police! Its our duty as humans to provide humanitarian aid but it is not our duty to fight their battles. Especially when the government and the people of Iraq refuse too!!! Ya know that old saying...you can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him drink? Thats also true here...we could train them and provide them with the weapons but we cant make them fight! And if they dont want too why should we!

    June 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  10. Ted Ainsworth

    This C*** has been going on for over 100 years, since the Spanish American War. The USA has constantly created pretexts for invading or "arranging" coups. Think Ike and the Dulles brothers, Iran, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Cuba, Panama, Mexico, Vietnam, the list goes on and on.
    Despite the American belief, not all people desire a democratic government. Many want a strong leader, ie, Putin. We may not want that, but many others do.
    Perhaps we should stop and consider what the end result of our victories will be?
    Most Americans have a family life, a social life, a work life and a religious life. In the Middle East, there is ONLY a religious life. And, obviously, Our military and political leaders cannot comprehend that fact. There loyalties lay with their family, their village, and their tribe. Those I have worked with do not have a strong sense of statehood.
    Remember, those national borders were drawn in Europe, not in the Middle East.

    June 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  11. johnny

    " Damn if I don't, damn if I do"

    Will you please make up your mind Ammerica – and stop messing around with another foreign country's future !

    June 18, 2014 at 1:56 am | Reply
  12. chri§§y

    Bet you blame Obama if the sun is late comming up each day dont you?

    June 18, 2014 at 10:37 am | Reply
  13. Tim

    Sure! If America didn't invade Iraq illegally (thanks Bush), then none of these problems would have materialized.

    June 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  14. FK IRAN FK SHIA AND HIZBOALLAH FK BASHAR FK OBAMA

    USA DID THIS TO IRAQ ST UPID BUSH GAVE IRAQ TO TERRORISTS IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH ON A SILVER PLATER, THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION IS IN IRAN NOT IN IRAQ, IRAQ NOW HAS NO DEMOCRACY 1.2 MILLION CIVILIAN KILLED , 4 millions displaced , 250,000 kids women and old men killed by shia in syria why USA dont go to Syria and help!!!!. why usa took SADDAM OUT , Saddam was good for IRAQ he killed shia and Iranians terrorists along with al qayeda , IRAQ WAS UNITED STRONG. now USA are helping iran again!!! helping the shia terrorists and hizboallah!!! make deal with IRAN , this is a bul sh it policy , double standard usa agenda.. DOWN WITH IRAN AS MCCAIN ONCE SAID.OBAMA IS A BAD MONKEY AND THE TIME IS FOR THE REPUBLICAN TO TAKE OVER ......WE MUST DEAL WITH EVIL IRAN ......LET THE SUNNI WHO WANTS BACK THIER HOMES IN MIDDLES AND WEST IRAQ JUST LIKE THE KUDS TOOK NORTH AND THE SHIIA TOOK SOUTH , THE SUNNI ARE TAKEN BACK THIER CITIES FORM THOSE IRANIANS THIEVES. GO FK U SELF OBAMA

    June 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  15. FK IRAN FK SHIA AND HIZBOALLAH FK BASHAR FK OBAMA

    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;USA DID THIS TO IRAQ ST UPID BUSH GAVE IRAQ TO TERRORISTS IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH ON A SILVER PLATER, THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION IS IN IRAN NOT IN IRAQ, IRAQ NOW HAS NO DEMOCRACY 1.2 MILLION CIVILIAN KILLED , 4 millions displaced , 250,000 kids women and old men killed by shia in syria why USA dont go to Syria and help!!!!. why usa took SADDAM OUT , Saddam was good for IRAQ he killed shia and Iranians terrorists along with al qayeda , IRAQ WAS UNITED STRONG. now USA are helping iran again!!! helping the shia ,,,,,,terrorists and hizboallah!!! make deal with IRAN , this is a bul sh it policy , double standard usa agenda.. DOWN WITH IRAN AS MCCAIN ONCE SAID.OBAMA IS A BAD MONKEY AND THE TIME IS FOR THE REPUBLICAN TO TAKE OVER ......WE MUST DEAL WITH EVIL IRAN ......LET THE SUNNI WHO WANTS BACK THIER HOMES IN MIDDLES AND WEST IRAQ JUST LIKE THE KUDS TOOK NORTH AND THE SHIIA TOOK SOUTH , THE SUNNI ARE TAKEN BACK THIER CITIES FORM THOSE IRANIANS THIEVES. GO FK U SELF OBAMA

    June 19, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • it is a little more complex than that

      Thank you for showing us Americans just how screwed up the entire situation is, in Iraq. America's military industrial complex is 25% of our economy. This is the KEY motivator that causes America to meddle in so many foreign countries, only making things worse! But let's take America out of the picture for a moment. Iran and Iraq hate each other due to a Shia vs Sunni thing. This has nothing to do with any western influence. You guys in the Middle East seem to lack the basic ability to figure out how to get along with "tribes" that are even slightly different than your own "tribe"......... shame on you guys for that! You almost deserve what is happening to you.

      June 21, 2014 at 1:54 am | Reply
  16. USAPeasant

    America will do nothing to stop Iraq's destiny, even if they drop bombs.

    What machinations for Iraq has the Ayatollah of Iran? Surely Khameini must worry about the armies of ISIS getting their revenge on him for providing the most elite fighting forces for the Assadist forces in Syria. And of course what plans the Kiing of the Saudis in the land of Arabia where the shadows lie? And what of the Kurds, shall they have a homeland at last?

    June 21, 2014 at 1:55 am | Reply
  17. cturriag

    The US just might be given the benefit of the doubt if they relinquish Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Condi, Wolfwowitz, etc. to an international court to be tried for crimes against humanity. Until this is done, the US will have to live with its shame. The worldwide animosity against USA is well deserved, as it has behaved shamlessly for at least 100 yrs bullying, invading, bombing, stealing, plotting, jumping in bed with horrible dictators and pretending to be God.

    June 21, 2014 at 3:02 am | Reply
    • it is a little more complex than that

      Very good comment. We Americans teach our kids not to bully. In fact, in my daughter's middle school, the Principal spoke from the podium and told all the students that there is a "zero tolerance" regarding bullying. If a kid is caught or reported being a bully, he/she can get severely reprimanded and sent home from school for a week! So how come America ended up being such a bully on our planet??????? Double standard crap, when it suits us............. sickening............ :(

      June 22, 2014 at 12:58 am | Reply
  18. Sol

    A decade? Why lie about it? Several decades at least.

    We embargoed Iraq in the 90's, rendering them resourceless, Then attacked them once again in 2003, installed a regime knowing it corrupt and would lead to further strife.

    U.S. policy is to prolong conflict in the region to the benefit of special interests.

    June 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  19. cturriag

    Not even USA's self-interest in Iraq' criminal and immoral invasion justifies Bush's action. Look at the map! Iraq was Iran's great obstacle until Bush appeared. With Saddam removed, and Syria and Iraq on its side, Iran will have now free access to the Mediterranean. That means Iran's strategic gains deriving from Bush's idiocy are incalculable. Now the Mulhas will have coasts tin 2 oceans instead of one, and are too close to Europe and Israel for comfort. It appears that Bush is, at the end of the day, the champion of Islamic fundamentalism. With friends like Bush the West needs no enemies. Incidentally, would someone close the zipper in Cheney's mouth once and for all?

    June 22, 2014 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • it is a little more complex than that

      Great comment! Dubya (GWB) should never have become President. His intelligence level and knowledge of world affairs was always in the negative territory. He should have stuck to painting! Not only did he completely destroy the Republican party in the US forever, but he made a complete and utter mess of anything he decided about as President. He even cheated Al Gore, using his brother's help, in Florida, to cheat his way to becoming our President! And then, he gets his dad's buddy Cheney to become Defense Secretary, a person on the Boars of Directors of Halliburton, a war-monger company, dying to steal tax payer money, for the slightest excuse called "war"........ with Cheney the "Fox" watching the Chicken Coop, the Iraq war was actually in the biggest ripoff of taxpayers in the history of mankind!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Halliburton quickly "created" 23 subsidiary companies, right after war was declared illegally on Iraq, and these companies have stolen US $ 3 trillion from the American taxpayer........... a huge crime just by itself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now add to that the 1 million Iraqis killed and the 4 million Iraqis displaced or made homeless............ and YES, GWB and Cheney belong in handcuffs at the ICJ prison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  20. Munir Katb

    Mr. Zakaria is talking about loosing Iraq as though Iraq were something America owns. He doesn't want to realize that Iraq is one of the biggest America's crime in the twentieth & the biggest in the twenty first century, He doesn't want to admit that Iraq, being one of the most advanced third world countries, was bombed back to the fifteenth century, leaving millions dead, wounded & homeless, because of WMD Iraq never possessed. Mr. Zakaria closes his eyes on the shame, that will cover America from head to toe, for bombing Iraq National museum & thus causing the loss of many thousands of years' treasures.
    Mr. Zakaria! All the crimes, taking place in Iraq & against Iraq now, are the results of the decisions taken by your masters in the White House or imposed upon them by the Zionist lobby in the United States.

    June 22, 2014 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • Tony

      very good comment make sense

      June 24, 2014 at 5:57 am | Reply
  21. FK IRAN FK SHIA AND HIZBOALLAH FK BASHAR FK OBAMA

    BUSH gave Iraq on a silver plater to evil Iran and Hezbollah terrorists , now Iran are destroying middleast and exporting terror to Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan and killing quarter million child and women in Syria alone while USA AND UN are silent of the Syrian shia crimes., this double standard policy and Hippocrat act by Obama to make deal with Iran =Making deal with the devil will coast life and money and more gas price and bring no stability as long as NORI AL HALEKI AND THE SHIA ARE IN POWER. wake up . Search the word TAQEYA ....the shia use taqey to lie and lie and lie this is the way shia cult religion work is not like the Sunni who based the religion on faith only .sending advisers to Iraq!!!! to help the shia killing the Sunni!?why dont do that in Syria and get rid of AL asad the minority cult alwai. why asking IRAN to enter Iraq and help this is an invasion OF ANOTHER COUNTRY , Can we ask Mexico to come to USA !!! THEY WILL LOVE IT TO KICK SOME TRASH.....Iran minorities asking us to go and invade Iran why the world dont help Iran minorities and get rid of the mullahs and the evil ayatollah .Dont sale weapons to both, sanction both , Sunni must have their land back as the kurds have up north and the shia have in the south, BAGHDAD IS FOUNDED AND BUILD BY SUNNI abo jafar AL mansoor so all these Sunni land belong to Sunni devide Iraq to 3 parts ...like you did in Sudan and every body take his share from the oil and water if the shia dont give oil to Sunni , the Sunni can cut the water as it come from north to south . and the Kurd must share kerkuk between Kurd and Sunni Arabs. CNN is wrong to give you the map....the shia are the minority in Iraq. as all the million Kurd in north Iraq are SUNNI MUSLIM, AND THERE ARE 14 MILLION SUNNI ARAB.23 MILLION , WHILE THE SHIIA ARE ONLY 12 MILLION . Saddam was good in Iraq for 99% of the people. BUT USA LISTEN TO THE EVIL AHMAD AL JALBI, AL PAJAJI, ALJAFARI, NORI AL MALEKI AND ALL THOSE EVIL IRANIANS , The shia are 65% in Saddam government, the shia brought the communist party to Iraq and the Baath party to devide Iraqi. they are evil. and the shia are supporting the Baath fascist party in Syria now who killed quarter million women, child, old men , Kurd and Christians. IRAN IS WORKING TO BUILD NUCLEAR BOMB.THEY DO HAVE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION NOT IRAQ.

    June 22, 2014 at 10:19 am | Reply
  22. iran=obama=evil=terrorists-shia=bashar=nori al haleki

    BUSH gave Iraq on a silver plater to evil Iran and Hezbollah terrorists , now Iran are destroying middleast and exporting terror to Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan and killing quarter million child and women in Syria alone while USA AND UN are silent of the Syrian shia crimes., this double standard policy and Hippocrat act by Obama to make deal with Iran =Making deal with the devil will coast life and money and more gas price and bring no stability as long as NORI AL HALEKI AND THE SHIA ARE IN POWER. wake up . Search the word TAQEYA ....the shia use taqey to lie and lie and lie this is the way shia cult religion work is not like the Sunni who based the religion on faith only .sending advisers to Iraq!!!! to help the shia killing the Sunni!?why dont do that in Syria and get rid of AL asad the minority cult alwai. why asking IRAN to enter Iraq and help this is an invasion OF ANOTHER COUNTRY , Can we ask Mexico to come to USA !!! THEY WILL LOVE IT TO KICK SOME TRASH.....Iran minorities asking us to go and invade Iran why the world dont help Iran minorities and get rid of the mullahs and the evil ayatollah .Dont sale weapons to both, sanction both , Sunni must have their land back as the kurds have up north and the shia have in the south, BAGHDAD IS FOUNDED AND BUILD BY SUNNI abo jafar AL mansoor so all these Sunni land belong to Sunni devide Iraq to 3 parts ...like you did in Sudan and every body take his share from the oil and water if the shia dont give oil to Sunni , the Sunni can cut the water as it come from north to south . and the Kurd must share kerkuk between Kurd and Sunni Arabs. CNN is wrong to give you the map....the shia are the minority in Iraq. as all the million Kurd in north Iraq are SUNNI MUSLIM, AND THERE ARE 14 MILLION SUNNI ARAB.23 MILLION , WHILE THE SHIIA ARE ONLY 12 MILLION . Saddam was good in Iraq for 99% of the people. BUT USA LISTEN TO THE EVIL AHMAD AL JALBI, AL PAJAJI, ALJAFARI, NORI AL MALEKI AND ALL THOSE EVIL IRANIANS , The shia are 65% in Saddam government, the shia brought the communist party to Iraq and the Baath party to devide Iraqi. they are evil. and the shia are supporting the Baath fascist party in Syria now who killed quarter million women, child, old men , Kurd and Christians. IRAN IS WORKING TO BUILD NUCLEAR BOMB.THEY DO HAVE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION NOT IRAQ.,,.../////////////....................

    June 22, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • it is a little more complex than that

      If there is any way, humanly possible, to arrest George W Bush and Dick Cheney, and take them, in handcuffs, to the International Court of Justice, at the Hague, in the Netherlands, then please God, make it happen. They sent Slobodan Milosovic to the ICJ in the Netherlands for war crimes that were merely a tenth of what GWB and Cheney are responsible for!!!!!!!!! It would make all 7 billion people, on planet Earth, including most Americans, very very happy, to see GWB and Cheney tried for their war crimes and then sentenced to life in prison or death by hanging.............. it would also set a wonderful precedent for ANY world leader, the next time he/she decides to bomb the crap out of any country, and murder millions and displace even more millions, ON TRUMPED UP CHARGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  23. iran=obama=evil=terrorists-shia=bashar=nori al haleki

    BUSH gave Iraq on a silver plater to evil Iran and Hezbollah terrorists , now Iran are destroying middleast and exporting terror to Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan and killing quarter million child and women in Syria alone while USA AND UN are silent of the Syrian shia crimes., this double standard policy and Hippocrat act by Obama to make deal with Iran =Making deal with the devil will coast life and money and more gas price and bring no stability as long as NORI AL HALEKI AND THE SHIA ARE IN POWER. wake up . Search the word TAQEYA ....the shia use taqey to lie and lie and lie this is the way shia cult religion work is not like the Sunni who based the religion on faith only .sending advisers to Iraq!!!! to help the shia killing the Sunni!?why dont do that in Syria and get rid of AL asad the minority cult alwai. why asking IRAN to enter Iraq and help this is an invasion OF ANOTHER COUNTRY , Can we ask Mexico to come to USA !!! THEY WILL LOVE IT TO KICK SOME TRASH.....Iran minorities asking us to go and invade Iran why the world dont help Iran minorities and get rid of the mullahs and the evil ayatollah .Dont sale weapons to both, sanction both , Sunni must have their land back as the kurds have up north and the shia have in the south, BAGHDAD IS FOUNDED AND BUILD BY SUNNI abo jafar AL mansoor so all these Sunni land belong to Sunni devide Iraq to 3 parts ...like you did in Sudan and every body take his share from the oil and water if the shia dont give oil to Sunni , the Sunni can cut the water as it come from north to south . and the Kurd must share kerkuk between Kurd and Sunni Arabs. CNN is wrong to give you the map....the shia are the minority in Iraq. as all the million Kurd in north Iraq are SUNNI MUSLIM, AND THERE ARE 14 MILLION SUNNI ARAB.23 MILLION , WHILE THE SHIIA ARE ONLY 12 MILLION . Saddam was good in Iraq for 99% of the people. BUT USA LISTEN TO THE EVIL AHMAD AL JALBI, AL PAJAJI, ALJAFARI, NORI AL MALEKI AND ALL THOSE EVIL IRANIANS , The shia are 65% in Saddam government, the shia brought the communist party to Iraq and the Baath party to devide Iraqi. they are evil. and the shia are supporting the Baath fascist party in Syria now who killed quarter million women, child, old men , Kurd and Christians. IRAN IS WORKING TO BUILD NUCLEAR BOMB.THEY DO HAVE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION NOT IRAQ.,,.../////////////............,,,,,,,..........

    June 22, 2014 at 10:22 am | Reply
  24. iran=obama=evil=terrorists-shia=bashar=nori al haleki

    let us think about it, BUSH gave Iraq on a silver plater to evil Iran and Hezbollah terrorists , now Iran are destroying middleast and exporting terror to Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan and killing quarter million child and women in Syria alone while USA AND UN are silent of the Syrian shia crimes., this double standard policy and Hippocrat act by Obama to make deal with Iran =Making deal with the devil will coast life and money and more gas price and bring no stability as long as NORI AL HALEKI AND THE SHIA ARE IN POWER. wake up . Search the word TAQEYA ....the shia use taqey to lie and lie and lie this is the way shia cult religion work is not like the Sunni who based the religion on faith only .sending advisers to Iraq!!!! to help the shia killing the Sunni!?why dont do that in Syria and get rid of AL asad the minority cult alwai. why asking IRAN to enter Iraq and help this is an invasion OF ANOTHER COUNTRY , Can we ask Mexico to come to USA !!! THEY WILL LOVE IT TO KICK SOME TRASH.....Iran minorities asking us to go and invade Iran why the world dont help Iran minorities and get rid of the mullahs and the evil ayatollah .Dont sale weapons to both, sanction both , Sunni must have their land back as the kurds have up north and the shia have in the south, BAGHDAD IS FOUNDED AND BUILD BY SUNNI abo jafar AL mansoor so all these Sunni land belong to Sunni devide Iraq to 3 parts ...like you did in Sudan and every body take his share from the oil and water if the shia dont give oil to Sunni , the Sunni can cut the water as it come from north to south . and the Kurd must share kerkuk between Kurd and Sunni Arabs. CNN is wrong to give you the map....the shia are the minority in Iraq. as all the million Kurd in north Iraq are SUNNI MUSLIM, AND THERE ARE 14 MILLION SUNNI ARAB.23 MILLION , WHILE THE SHIIA ARE ONLY 12 MILLION . Saddam was good in Iraq for 99% of the people. BUT USA LISTEN TO THE EVIL AHMAD AL JALBI, AL PAJAJI, ALJAFARI, NORI AL MALEKI AND ALL THOSE EVIL IRANIANS , The shia are 65% in Saddam government, the shia brought the communist party to Iraq and the Baath party to devide Iraqi. they are evil. and the shia are supporting the Baath fascist party in Syria now who killed quarter million women, child, old men , Kurd and Christians. IRAN IS WORKING TO BUILD NUCLEAR BOMB.THEY DO HAVE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION NOT IRAQ.,,.../////////////............,,,,,,,..........

    June 22, 2014 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • it is a little more complex than that

      I hope many Americans are reading all this vitriolic angry disappointment and despair, that has been placed in the hearts and minds of millions of people, all over the world, by an American foreign policy based on bullying, and backed by the sicko war-mongering American military industrial complex. Yes, we understand that it was guns and bullets that got you sicko "white boys" to steal the entire planet from the rest of us, but that was a horrible act of murder followed by thieving. Get it???? Bombing the crap out of other countries does not work anymore, in an internet age where billions of people can network and share their thoughts. This awful behavior of one group of people dominating another goes way back to Greek & Roman times. They used swords, horses and chariots, to murder and thieve from all their neighbors, but in the end, they grew spoiled, lazy, arrogant (sound familiar?) and the 5 D's took hold: divorce, drugs, debt, decadence, deception (like America today!) .......... and then Rome fell......... and all the neighboring countries got their revenge............. is history going to repeat itself............ again?????!!!!!!!!

      June 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  25. GWB and Cheney belong in handcuffs at the ICJ

    How can we, the people of Planet Earth, figure out a way to have GW Bush and Dick Cheney arrested, put in handcuffs, and taken to the ICJ in the Netherlands, where they should face a trial for their war crimes???

    June 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  26. we teach our kids not to bully.......

    We Americans teach our kids not to bully, within our US public school system. In fact, in BOTH my daughter's middle school and elementary school, the Principals spoke from the podium and told all the students that there is a "zero tolerance" regarding bullying. If a kid is caught or reported being a bully, he/she can get severely reprimanded and sent home from school for a week, and if the bullying repeats, that kid can be permanently expelled from the US public school system!!!!!!! So how come America ended up being such a bully on our planet for so many decades??????? Double standard crap, when it suits us............. beyond sickening...............

    June 23, 2014 at 11:14 am | Reply
  27. yoonyoungjo

    Isnt all global issues, years in the making? The Ukrainian separatists, the idea they developed their willingness to discard democracy for an authoritarian Government over night is ridiculous. Because we all know, its everyday that a democratic and free people decide, you know what? We don't like freedom of speech or freedom in general. We would rather live under an authoritarian regime and in worse economic conditions. Because its great. That was sarcasm naturally, people who champion authoritarian regimes, would do so only under a few conditions. One, they are being bribed either with money or favorable situation (whether that is employment or rank). Two, mob mentality. Enough or key people have been bribed or corrupted to propagandize the favoriability of the authoritarian regime. Three, under duress. Or four, purely out of ignorance. Its easy for someone living in a free country to believe every country is like theirs. And maybe freedom doesn't matter to them. Well it doesn't matter until they come under the thumb of such regimes. Then it matters.

    June 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Reply
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