Senator Kerry’s excellent op-ed piece today correctly puts the onus on the Iraqi government, not the U.S., to resolve the impasse in forming the government and stopping the civil war. Unless the Iraqis get serious about governing their own country and solving their own problems, we will have to leave. The role of the U.S. military is not to referee a civil war. The conflict in Iraq is not about our presence or terrorism. It’s about sectarian tensions that the Iraqi government has failed to address.
The presence of over 100,000 U.S. military personnel longer has any bearing on whether or not Iraq’s civil war will continue. We cannot stop that conflict militarily not can we choose a side. If there is no political solution from the Iraqis, then there is no viable role for U.S. forces in Iraq.”
Senator Kerry and many career soldiers and diplomats get this. When will the Bush Administration get it?
Editor’s Note: Jeremy D. Broussard is a former Army Captain who served in Operation Iraq Freedom in 2003