Murray Polner: Now, with the rise of ISIS, there is the haunting fear that in pursuit of ISIS and similar groups, the blind will once again lead the blind and the crucial lessons to be learned will be ignored.
John Peeler: The West has been having a hard time controlling the Middle East for a long time. We have been like a viceroy suddenly called upon to ride an unruly camel. It is time to find a way to climb down.
Walter Moss: Trying to figure out exactly what the United States should do in international situations is often complex and difficult, and we average citizens without expertise need to be sufficiently humble.
Rich Broderick: The ISIS horror show currently on display in Syria and Iraq is yet another consequence of Europe casually divvying up the Middle East without regard to the region’s ethnic or sectarian realities.
Munir Moon: Since the American public does not have an appetite for sending any troops to Iraq, American soldiers are being sent there as so-called military advisors. Isn’t this how we got started in Vietnam?
Trita Parsi: To work with Iran or not to work with Iran? That’s the question dogging Washington as Iraq descends into chaos, reminding America that its mission there was never truly accomplished.
Tom Hayden: Has American policy finally led to a vast new sanctuary in “Sunnistan” from which terrorist attacks will be launched?
Dan Bluemel: The mistaken war wounded tens of thousands of American soldiers and killed nearly 4,500 of them. Though no official total exists, it is estimated by many that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation.
W. D. Ehrhart: As I watch events unfolding in Iraq over the last weeks, I find myself wondering if Iraq War veterans are feeling the way I felt in March and April of 1975 when the fiction that was South Vietnam collapsed like a house of cards.
Joe Palermo: The neo-cons brought the country the Iraq war and we should remember that fact, particularly since it appears that these dead-enders have burrowed themselves so deeply into the foreign policy establishment their bullshit views are still widely ventilated.
Marianne Williamson: It happened in Vietnam. Now it has happened in Iraq. How many times will we allow people to die in wars about which the planners of the war say in retrospect, as Robert McNamara did about Vietnam, that it was “a terrible mistake”?
John Peeler: The American people (aside from a few neoconservative hawks) are not prepared for a permanent reoccupation of Iraq, and that is what it would take to stabilize the country. We’ve been there, done that.
Adil Shamoo: Iraq’s latest elections were relatively free and fair, but they won’t do much to resolve the country’s stark sectarian divides.