Obama Doesn’t Have His Heart in Iraq: Tanter

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Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) –- University of Michigan Professor Emeritus Raymond Tanter discusses President Obama’s strategy in Iraq and the situation in the Middle East at large. He speaks on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

In the reagan-bush administration.

It's what is your take on president obama's response to the situation in iraq?

President obama does not want to get any skin in the game.

He doesn't want to get any toe, doesn't want to get a foot, and does not want to show any leg in iraq -- politically not in his favor.

The american people don't want the president to engage in far off military adventures, but they don't want to admit it.

They would like the president to take a rhetorical stance against putin in ukraine.

They want the american president to stand tall against the islamic state of iraq and syria.

That means iraq and syria.

You cannot ignore syria and carry out pin-prick attacks in iraq, trish.

Do you think the president is trying to say, we have been successful here in an attempt to try and make it easier for him to step away?

The president really doesn't have his heart in this, but he's being dragged into intervening in iraq.

The story behind the story is the iranian influence in iraq.

Iran is like the arsonist who says, i can show you where the fire has been said and i can help you put it out.

What is happening is iran is cooperating with the united states in trying to develop a consensus within iraq, but you cannot trust the iranians.

The iranian dissidents in iraq are the core in threatening the survival of the iranian regime, the national council resistance of iran has been trying its best to get [inaudible] the united states has to have a policy not only supporting the moderates in syria, but the moderates among the iranian dissidents.

How crucial was it for maliki to step down and make way for abadi to become prime minister?

The fighting had gone out into the streets of baghdad, that woodhead -- wood have -- would have been a terrible situation.

Abadi has a wonderful opportunity to bring consensus among the kurds in the north, the sunnis in the center and the shiites in the south.

He will have his work cut out.

American leadership is an indispensable element in trying to hold iraq together.

You say that.

What do we need to do?

How can we help them, and how do we get them to unify?

We have to push the central government to come up with some sort of an oil revenue deal with the kurds, keep the kurds from splitting off.

We have to make sure the sunnis feel their security is not threatened by shiite militias running wild.

Then we can reconstruct the 2006 scenario in which the sunnis peeled off from the al qaeda of iraq insurgency under david petraeus's guidance, and worked with the u.s. military to defeat the al qaeda of iraq.

Baghdadi is the same character than in 2006, 2007, as he is now fighting the americans.

Do you think we will become more involved, or we will have to become more involved -- and mark amico i think the president will have to show some leg in this in order to make sure the thing does not deteriorate, whether he wants to or not, president obama is coming to the point where he has to be involved, trish, more.

We will see what it means for all of us.

Thank you very much, raymond

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