Walid Phares reveals Iraq crisis origins

By KTTH | June 24, 2014
Mideast Iraq

Mourners chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after they bury 15 bodies in the village of Taza Khormato in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday (AP). 

Fox News Middle East expert and Congressional anti-terrorism advisor Walid Phares spoke to David Boze on Tuesday about the ongoing catastrophe in Iraq, which is apt because of Phares’ new book, “The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid.”

The crisis, where ISIL Jihadists are sweeping across the country, killing innocents in an attempt to establish a pan-Babylonian caliphate, could have been avoided, Walid Phares said. Specifically, there were policy mistakes made during the Iraq war beginning in 2003, but also because of the hurried withdrawal of troops in 2011 under Barack Obama’s watch.

“It must be frustrating to have a new book out with the subtitle ‘catastrophes to avoid’ when so many catastrophes have not been avoided,” Boze said to Phares.

“What we’re fighting right now is the direct result of our unstrategic withdrawal [from Iraq in 2011],” Phares said.

Phares criticized the Obama administration for making the withdrawal decision based on domestic policy – that is, appeasing Democratic Obama voters who were crying for all troops to get out of Iraq.

“Now, you have ISIS and jihadists in control of one-third of the country, and you have Iran in control of the other one-third of the country,” Walid Phares said.


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