That sentiment, that we broke Iraq, and we owe it to the Iraqi people, to ensure them a mended country, looks even more threadbare the more Max Boot protests.
The Iraq war was not sold on the basis of protecting US interests in the region. It was sold on protecting us from a massively over-stated threat, and then to allow for a post-Saddam democracy of sorts. If the Iraqis ask us to leave, we have no business staying. And posts like Boot’s today can only reinforce suspicions that the real motive for invading Iraq was rather different – not incidentally – from that given at the time.
Of course, it’s politics as usual in Baghdad, and not even PM Nuri al-Maliki is any better than an Alaskan senator.