By: Mary von Euler
We do members of our armed forces living and dead no honor by sending them on misdirected missions.
Years ago, when he was chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joe Biden observed that Iraq was three countries, Kurd, Sunni and Shiite, unified artificially by the Treaty ending the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Apparently President Obama chose to listen to others, and Vice President Biden became a loyal team player.
When will the Obama Administration accept the reality that, despite our efforts over 12 years, the Shiite government in Baghdad, supported by Iran and Shiite militias, is not ceding real power to Sunnis who oppressed them under Saddam Hussein? Only Sunnis with authority to run their own country can defeat ISIS, if they wish to and it's not too late.
In any event, American intervention in Iraqi and Syrian civil wars, however virtuously intended, only serves ISIS recruiting propaganda.