Diplomacy, not ‘dithering’
Regarding the column “ISIS must be confronted now” by Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham (N&O, Sept. 3): It is precisely our past proclivity for haste in going into Iraq without a long-term strategy that ended up costing us dearly in terms of American and Iraqi lives.
Impetuousness contributed to the ruin of that country, destabilized the entire region and cost us billions of dollars. Now we are back trying to patch up a political vacuum of our creation.
The senators’ affirmation that Gen. David H. Petraeus‘ and former president George W. Bush’s strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan were successful does not stand the test of recent history.
President Obama is wise to work deliberately with other democratic nations to come up with a long-term strategy that leads to a modicum of stability, saves lives, protects our interests and doesn’t end up squandering our tax dollars. That is not “dithering.” It is what we should have done, but didn’t, for the past two decades.