ARTICLE: Iraq is too broken for Obama’s advisers
By Zaid Al-Ali, The Guardian, June 27, 2014
THE GUARDIAN: It used to take two hours to drive from Tikrit to Baghdad. Since the extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) rumbled from Mosul to Tikrit and south toward the outskirts of the capital, however, entire neighborhoods in between have fled and most offices have closed, families have been torn apart and lives have been upended. It takes five days, two border crossings and a plane ride to get to Baghdad now, but residents there tell me that, existential crisis aside, Baghdad is back to normal at the moment: restaurants are full until late in the evening again, and traffic has returned to its typically sluggish pace.