When you insist on using a hammer …

… every problem looks like a nail. John Kerry on Iraq:

ISIS fighters have seized Mosul, which is the country’s second-largest city, and Tikrit, which is Saddam Hussein’s hometown. Overnight, they captured the city of Tal Afar, and American officials feared enough for Baghdad that they partially evacuated the U.S. embassy there while beefing up security.

Kerry said Obama was giving “a very thorough vetting of every option that is available,” including drone strikes, and underlined that “we are deeply committed to the integrity of Iraq as a country.”

Because, you know, military intervention worked out so well last time.

“The integrity of Iraq” has been an illusion ever since the British Empire created it as a “nation” after World War I. As a modern state it has always been held together with baling wire (foreign interventions) and duct tape (Ba’athist authoritarianism).

The next time Iraq isn’t threatening to come apart at the seems will be the first time Iraq isn’t threatening to come apart at the seams. US military intervention might briefly postpone the inevitable, but it will never, ever, ever produce the “stable democracy” that it claims as an objective.

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