Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski pressed President Obama on the deteriorating situation in Iraq: “Is this part of reality going back into Iraq? You said that the war was ended in Iraq. You said al-Qaeda was decimated. You said it was stable.”
“It was,” Obama replied. “But just because something is stable two years ago or four years ago doesn’t mean it’s stable right now. It is ultimately up to the Iraqi leadership to pull the politics of the country back together again. That doesn’t mean that we re-occupy Iraq.”
Obama said that the U.S. will have to deal with some of the best and some of the worst “impulses” in the region. “What we’re not going to be able to do is to play ‘whack-a-mole’ and chase wherever extremists appear and occupy those countries for long periods of time.” The President added that as the world’s lone superpower, the ability to solve other country’s problems exceeds our capability.
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