ISIL is, in a sense, Iran's achievement, not Iran's problem. Iran is also the chief sponsor of Nouri al-Maliki, the failed Iraqi leader whose disastrous leadership has helped propel Iraq to this crisis. Do you believe that Iran has a vital interest in ensuring that Iraq is not a haven for terrorists? Really? Iran has devoted itself tirelessly since 1979 to creating and supporting terrorists around the globe. Iran created Hezbollah. Iran created the Al-Quds force that killed countless Americans in the Iraq War, assisted terror attacks in India and South America, and plotted to blow up the Saudi ambassador at a Washington, D.C., restaurant.
You said, "Above all, Iraqi leaders must rise above their political differences and come together around a political plan for Iraq's future." Does this "must" have the same force as your earlier call for Bashar Assad to step down? What about your statement that "the future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine" just a couple of weeks before Russia annexed Crimea?
Do you think it is easier for factions within Iraq, wracked by tribal rivalries, ethnic divisions, religious differences, a history of tyranny, and amid a crisis featuring armies marching and beheadings by the hundreds to "rise above their political differences" when you cannot bring yourself to negotiate sincerely with Republicans about the national debt or spending?
You scolded President George W. Bush -- by implication -- during your remarks when you said that the present crisis should remind us of "the need to ask hard questions before we take action abroad, particularly military action." Did you ask hard questions before making the decision to withdraw all forces from Iraq, or were you more interested bragging rights about "ending wars"? Do you see now that the enemy gets a vote?