Headline of the day: 'Iraq wants U.S. Troops back'

Glenn Reynolds has rewritten Stars and Stripes' headline of a lengthy AP dispatch by Lara Jakes: 'Iraq seeks help from US amid growing violence.'

A resurgence of violence and a renewed threat from al-Qaida have recently revived flagging U.S. interest in Iraq, officials said Friday as Baghdad asked for new help to fight extremists less than two years after it forced American troops to withdraw. (snip)

The violence has spurred Baghdad to seek new U.S. aid to curb the threat, said Iraqi Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. He said a U.S. assistance package could include a limited number of advisers, intelligence analysis and surveillance assets - including lethal drones.

"There is greater realization in the Iraq government that we should not shy away from coming and asking for some help and assistance," Zebari told reporters Friday in Washington.

As This Ain't Hell puts it:

Yeah, well, tough. They had their chance and eight years with which to fix their country under our protective umbrella and they squandered their chance. We have our own problems at home.

It looks to me as though the battle between Shiites and Sunnis is engulfing the Middle East. The British-drafted border between Iraq and Syria is not respected by tribes that have been there for many centuries. We are staying out of Syria because there's no light at the end of the tunnel, getting involved in that irreconcilable millennium-long dispute.

"Advisers?" I lived through the peirod when the public was told we didn't have any troops in Vietnam, only "advisers."

Jonah Goldberg recently called, the "To hell with them" coalition, composed of those who reject an interventionist foreign policy and those who have just given up on the possibility of Middle Eastern Muslims ever making democracy work. But he acknowledges his intellectual debt in  using the term

I borrow the phrase from my colleague Rich Lowry. In 2006, as even the rosiest scenarios in Iraq turned gray, he wrote of how the Bush administration was losing the support of the "to hell with them" hawks. These were, in Lowry's words, "conservatives who are comfortable using force abroad, but have little patience for a deep entanglement with the Muslim world, which they consider unredeemable, or at least not worth the strenuous effort of trying to redeem."

The American public has been force fed a media diet of politically correct Islam and after more than a decade, but the lesson is sinking in. Islam is a theocratic, intolerant, static system rooted in the eighth century. Now that we have the prospect of energy independence before us, it is no surprise that disengagement from this struggle is appealing.

God help Israel, because the "to hell with them" crowd probably won't want to.

Glenn Reynolds has rewritten Stars and Stripes' headline of a lengthy AP dispatch by Lara Jakes: 'Iraq seeks help from US amid growing violence.'

A resurgence of violence and a renewed threat from al-Qaida have recently revived flagging U.S. interest in Iraq, officials said Friday as Baghdad asked for new help to fight extremists less than two years after it forced American troops to withdraw. (snip)

The violence has spurred Baghdad to seek new U.S. aid to curb the threat, said Iraqi Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. He said a U.S. assistance package could include a limited number of advisers, intelligence analysis and surveillance assets - including lethal drones.

"There is greater realization in the Iraq government that we should not shy away from coming and asking for some help and assistance," Zebari told reporters Friday in Washington.

As This Ain't Hell puts it:

Yeah, well, tough. They had their chance and eight years with which to fix their country under our protective umbrella and they squandered their chance. We have our own problems at home.

It looks to me as though the battle between Shiites and Sunnis is engulfing the Middle East. The British-drafted border between Iraq and Syria is not respected by tribes that have been there for many centuries. We are staying out of Syria because there's no light at the end of the tunnel, getting involved in that irreconcilable millennium-long dispute.

"Advisers?" I lived through the peirod when the public was told we didn't have any troops in Vietnam, only "advisers."

Jonah Goldberg recently called, the "To hell with them" coalition, composed of those who reject an interventionist foreign policy and those who have just given up on the possibility of Middle Eastern Muslims ever making democracy work. But he acknowledges his intellectual debt in  using the term

I borrow the phrase from my colleague Rich Lowry. In 2006, as even the rosiest scenarios in Iraq turned gray, he wrote of how the Bush administration was losing the support of the "to hell with them" hawks. These were, in Lowry's words, "conservatives who are comfortable using force abroad, but have little patience for a deep entanglement with the Muslim world, which they consider unredeemable, or at least not worth the strenuous effort of trying to redeem."

The American public has been force fed a media diet of politically correct Islam and after more than a decade, but the lesson is sinking in. Islam is a theocratic, intolerant, static system rooted in the eighth century. Now that we have the prospect of energy independence before us, it is no surprise that disengagement from this struggle is appealing.

God help Israel, because the "to hell with them" crowd probably won't want to.

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