There’s an intermediate point between Othello, who kills Desdemona and asks questions later, and Hamlet, who never gets around to doing anything until he leaves the stage full of dead people. I’m afraid if President Bush was more of an Othello, President Obama has been more of a Hamlet and we need someone in between.
Feisal Istrabadi, former Ambassador of Iraq to the United Nations, gets Shakespearean about Iraq on today’s To the Point.
The shooting was a watershed moment in the American occupation of Iraq, and was a factor in Iraq’s refusal the next year to agree to a treaty allowing United States troops to stay in the country beyond 2011. Despite a series of investigations in the wake of Nisour Square, the back story of what happened with Blackwater and the embassy in Baghdad before the fateful shooting has never been fully told.
We’re trying to push for a unity government because even General Petraeus said the last thing we want is to be viewed in that part of the world as siding with the Shias again against the Sunnis.
Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Reagan administration, talking about Iraq on today’s To the Point.