note: this is an episode segment, watch the full episode here.
Dr. Dennis Loo, author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, joins Dennis Trainor, Jr. to discuss the unfolding situation in Iraq
Of the unfolding situation in Iraq and the U.S. role in creating it, Dennis Loo has written:
“How do you get someone – in this case the Sunnis – to cooperate rather than fight when they have been systematically persecuted by the Shiite al-Maliki regime? How do you expect the Sunnis to agree to participate in a “national unity government” if they are being bombed by those who they are supposed to come together in unity with?
I am sure that after Obama’s prior spectacularly unsuccessful efforts at getting al-Maliki to embrace, rather than exclude Sunnis, the caliphate dreams driven ISIL (aka ISIS) will have faith that Obama can do what he has previously been unable to do.
The US government is caught between Iraq and a hard place. The sectarian violence that has escalated dramatically, with the ISIL taking Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and now setting its sights on Baghdad, was both provoked and spectacularly intensified by the US invasion and occupation.”
Dr. Dennis Loo is a Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. He has won national awards for his scholarship, his journalism, and his activism. Loo is the author of Globalization and the Demolition of Society and co-editor/author of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney. He writes regularly for his website DennisLoo.com and sits on the National Steering Committee of the World Can’t Wait.