U.S. Military Can’t Fix Iraq The reality is that violence and asymmetric warfare will remain a symptom of the new Iraq for the foreseeable future. This isn’t due to an alleged shortage of military capabilities, but rather a reflection of what Iraq essentially is: an unreconciled, broken state, plagued by deep ethno-sectarian cleavages, weak institutions and a political system prone to relapse toward an authoritarian order. The Obama administration has placed counterterrorism at the forefront of its foreign policy toward the Middle East. Unfortunately, far too much emphasis has been placed on hard power as the primary prescription to combat terrorism in the region. Indeed, it was the U.S. invasion and occupation that unleashed the problem of Sunni and Shiite militancy in Iraq. Thus, any U.S. approach against terrorism that is defined by military power ends up misdiagnosing the problem: insurgencies and terrorism are not causally derived from an absence of security; they are rather manifested from deep social, political and economic ills. U.S. Military Can't Fix Iraq - NYTimes.com Obama did not create ISIS by withdrawal of US troops. Our invasion and outing Saddam who was a dictator and he only had the capability to stabilize the area. We killed more innocent people by the invasion then Saddam. We cannot fix a problem that have existed for 6,000 years in the middle east and Obama saved US lives that not one more man or woman should lose their lives for a hopeless cause. Any politician who say we can fix the middle east is only pandering for votes and if he is that stupid he has no place in the running of this country's businesses.