Sunday June 22, 2014
The US might be forced to send more ground troops to Iraq and seek an unpopular alliance with Tehran to stop Iraqi extremists from destroying the US creation, the Maliki government, award winning journalist Eric Margolis told RT.
RT:Militants from ISIS are closing in on Baghdad. How bad is this and what position will US continue to pursue?
Eric Margolis: As the old expression goes, “Damned if you do, and damned if you don't”. The US is in a very difficult position. This is a nightmare that has come back to haunt it. Practically any movement it makes, it will be wrong, in a sense that it angers somebody. And US has more interests in the Sunni world than it does in the Shia world. Behind the scenes, the Saudis, the major Sunni power are very unhappy with the thought of US intervention.
RT: Washington is sending a small contingent of troops to Iraq. How far will America go to deal with sectarian tensions there?
EM: I believe there are as many as 5000 US troops already in Iraq. Many of them are not in uniform, they are not called troops, they are called contractors, technical assistance. They are manning two airforce bases that the US still controls inside Iraq, or they are clustered inside the green zone, the huge fort of an embassy in Baghdad. So there are troops there.
Air strikes discussed may not be enough to stop ISIL group, and also we have to add the old Baath party of Saddam Hussein has risen up against the Shia dominated government. And if the air strikes do work, they would be a very blunt instrument because it is hard to know who to attack. The US may be forced to send more ground troops in.
Ron Paul Interviewed on the Mike Church Show, June 19, 2014.
Mike: What would you say or what do you say to people that are now rattling the sabers yet again: We gotta get back in there. We gotta re-stabilize Iraq.
Paul: I’ve made a statement: Don’t send one single thing or person or money or dollar into Iraq. Just come home. I said don’t go and after they went I said come home. We just marched in and we can march home. It’s none of our business. We make things worse. It looks like things are much worse. The irony of all this, it’s amazing people don’t wake up. We expended all those lives and money to take over Iraq and delivered it to the Iranians. It proves the case that it’s a close ally to Iran. They’re the ones who are coming in now to try to rescue the Shiite government. Who knows what that will lead to? We’re going along with this. One week we want to nuke Iran and then the next week we say: That sounds like a pretty good idea. Come in and help us. We’re not going to send any more troops in.
We’re going to do everything else to aggravate people. We’re still likely to drop bombs and we’re going to have our aircraft carriers out there. We’ll have our threat of drones and our special forces. We’ll send in a few Marines, which still aggravates the whole situation.