Thought Problem on Iraq
Inspired by Pat Lang, I’d like to propose a thought problem. A hypothetical.
Despite the post hoc mandate we received from the United Nations Security Council and the status of forces arrangement we’ve arrived at with the Iraqi government, the U. S. continues to be the occupying power in Iraq in the eyes of many. Under international agreements to which we are a party as occupying power we would be responsible for protecting Iraqi airspace.
There have also been some reports that the Israelis asked then-President Bush for overflight clearance for an attack on Natanz in Iran, which was refused.
In the event of an overflight of Iraqi airspace by the Israeli air force would the United States move to prevent it? Should we?
Remember this is a hypothetical. I don’t support an attack by the Israelis on Iran nor do I know whether the reported request ever took place.
I also note in passing that the presence of a substantial military capability on the part of the U. S. in the Middle East gives us the ability to take such actions. I don’t advance that as an argument in favor of maintaining that capability and I don’t want this post to degenerate into a discussion of that but it’s something to keep in mind.