President Barack Obama is sending 300 advisors into military and legal jeopardy to help Shiites beat Sunnis in Iraq. The war-on-the-cheap advisor model works, "as long as the security forces of the host country have the motivation and basic combat skills to stand up and fight and are not facing overwhelming odds." Uh oh....
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Rick Weiland says we've already lost too much (1.7 trillion dollars, 4,000 American lives) to pour troops into Iraq's oily maw:
There is no lobby for, nor explanation of, our having picked sides in a far away religious quarrel between sects of a religion foreign to all but a tiny sliver of Americans. No explanation save one. Oil.
It is the energy industry that funds the war college professors and militarist politicians who peddle the most obviously self-serving pedagogy on the planet. Their five syllable words and 6 letter acronyms purport to find vital threats to American security. What they are really finding are vital threats to their big money paymasters.
I am a patriotic American, and I am vehemently opposed to sending more men and women and dollars to Syria or Iraq [Rick Weiland, press release, downloaded 2014.06.23].
The only old soldier in the Senate race, Independent Larry Pressler, goes a step further. He says we should pull all of our military and diplomatic personnel out of Iraq:
...the United States should completely, totally, and immediately withdraw all US forces from Iraq - if our embassy staff is unsafe there, we should move them out to another country until it becomes safe, but we should not be sending any more troops of any kind into Iraq [Larry Pressler, press release, 2014.06.20].
Pressler sounds like he would pull our foreign aid out of Iraq, too:
The Obama administration also has made substantial new aid commitments to Iraq. We are spending huge amounts in foreign aid, which should be spent back home on education and other matters. We must reduce the federal deficit, and our expansion of this war will mean we will spend another $100-$200 billion in unnecessary foreign military spending [Pressler, 2014.06.20].
Would anyone like to take a swing at persuading Pressler or Weiland that Americans should sacrifice their lives to help Shiites beat Sunnis (if that's really who's fighting)?