Iran influence in Iraq

Should the United States Defend an Independent Kurdistan?

The Kurdish people have been our most reliable allies in the war against ISIS. They are also the biggest buffer against Iranian regional hegemony. The 45 million Kurds represent the largest ethnic group in the world without a national homeland. This week the Kurdish population of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government voted 93 percent in favor of Kurdish independence. Should the United States support an independent Kurdistan even if it means the war in the Middle East might expand?

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Do we support our Kurdish allies' independence or stay out of more war?

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Washington Should Give Whiny Gulf States No Special Favors

Washington’s determination to defend much of the globe has made the U.S. an international sucker, especially vulnerable to manipulation by supposed friends. The Gulf States want Washington to issue security guarantees to protect corrupt gerontocracies and monarchies. It is hard to imagine a worse idea than committing America to directly intervene in conflicts irrelevant to American security on behalf of nations which share none of America’s most cherished values and which are able to defend themselves. 

Iran’s Influence in Iraq Deepening

Sharon Behn, VOA
Just five years ago, the United States was involved in nearly every aspect of Iraq’s life, from economic reconstruction to political development to military cooperation. Now, after Obama's untimely retreat, regional power broker Iran dominates the Iraqi landscape. On the battlefield, Iran is helping Iraq push out Sunni-dominated Islamic State extremists from key northern cities. Trade between Iraq and Iran flows easily over the border. And Tehran has permeated deeply into Baghdad's security and intelligence structures.