…working more closely with the more moderate Sunni states in the Middle East. Our new efforts will require more aid (and unlike with some of our Syria promises, aid that is swiftly delivered when it can make a difference). They will mean more technical assistance and training. More shared intelligence. More military support and, yes, action when it is the only and best available option.
Yes, I know Maliki is Shia, but that difference aside, if we had been doing something like this in Iraq all along, while giving no signals of imminent baggage packing, maybe, just maybe, things would have gone differently.