Halperin Challenges Iraqi Envoy Paul Bremer: Why Should U.S. Revisit ‘Failed’ Bush Policies?
After Paul Bremer, the highly-controversial former Presidential Envoy to Iraq, appeared on Morning Joe Monday morning and suggested the U.S. not rule out boots on the ground in response to insurgent violence in Iraq, Bloomberg Politics editor Mark Halperin asked him why the U.S. should double down (#branding) on the Bush-era foreign policy that led to the Iraq War in the first place.
“It seems what you’re proposing is to double down on the policies that the Bush administration and you thought would lead to, not just a democratic and independent Iraq, but a force for good in the region,” Halperin said. “Why should we even consider going back to the same set of ideas to try to prop up a government with U.S. intervention, which seems to have failed and left us in this position?”
“I’m not proposing to prop up any government,” Bremer said, arguing that Maliki had dissolved many of the post-surge gains in Iraq. “In fact, I explicitly said we need a new government…I explicitly called for him to resign as Defense Minister and Minister of the Interior.”
“But what business is it of the United States at this point who is in the government of people of Iraq?” Halperin asked. “Why isn’t that up to the people of Iraq, civil society and leaders there, to figure it out and not the United States?”
“Because there is no one there who can do it and no other country who can do it,” Bremer said. “The experience of all of us involved in this for the last decade is that only the Americans can help the Iraqis broker across these sectarian and ethnic lines. There is nobody else who can do it, including the Iraqis.”
“What’s our record on that –” Halperin tried to ask, but Bremer cut him off.
“We may regret that, but it’s a fact, and facts have a nasty way of coming back and basically determining your options,” Bremer said.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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