Delusions of Regime Change in Iraq
by Michael MacDonald
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When President Barack Obama announced a sustained campaign of drone assaults on strongholds of the militant isis (Islamic State) faction in Iraq and Kurdistan, pundits tended to categorize the move as a limited, one-off maneuver. The idea was to contain the spread of isis influence in northern Iraq, and to aid some 40,000 Yazidi Kurds under siege from the group on an isolated mountain. Obama himself stressed that “there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq”—and as if to prove him right, the Iraqi government quickly descended into a political crisis, as a newly appointed prime minister, the Shiite leader Haider al-Abadi, sought to restore a measure of stability to the chaotic US-backed regime in Baghdad.
But for all the Obama White House’s efforts to distance itself from Iraq’s latest
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