To Intervene or Not to Intervene: Different Takes On U.S. Involvement in Iraq

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With Diana West, Mark Tooley, Jim Hanson, Andy McCarthy

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With Diana West, Mark Tooley, Jim Hanson, Andy McCarthy

There is no side [in Iraq] that we can consider an ally to join with… We [did not] win the allies that President Bush told us we would win. Told us, and indeed predicated his entire war policy on: that we would stand up Iraq and have a new ally in the War on Terror…There may be an American interest in peace and love throughout the world, [and] that may be the broader interest. However, there is no practical application of this in such a place because these are Islamic-warring nations… Attaching our interests, our prestige, our men and women, and blood, and treasure to these warring factions is a lose-lose situation. This is not the front to fight this battle on. That front is not one we can win because, again, it’s like quicksand. You establish a Fallujah and then it’s gone because there is no one there to keep it.” –Diana West on why the U.S. should not get involved again in Iraq

On today’s show:

DIANA WEST, author of “American Betrayal”:

  • An argument against the prioritization of global interests over national interests
  • Who, if anyone, is there to side with in Iraq?
  • Dangers of extreme multiculturalism

MARK TOOLEY, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy:

  • Yesterday’s rearrest of Meriam Ibrahim and her family
  • The Presbyterian Church USA’s vote to divest in three companies that do business in Israel
  • Persecution of Christians in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt


  • Frustration as hard-fought gains from the Iraq War dissolve as ISIS surges across Iraq
  • Call for the US to show its strength, as it did with the “Road of Death”
  • Inconsistencies with US requirements for legal protections of US troops in Iraq between 2011 and 2014

ANDY MCCARTHY, former federal prosecutor and author of “Faithless Execution”:

  • Questions over the lawfulness of some of the actions taken by President Obama, and ways in which Congress can counter them
  • Illegal immigrant surge across the US southern border and its implications for the electorate
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