TEHRAN - A university professor says the United States is unlikely to be engaged in “in-depth” or “extensive” attacks against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
“Long-term military action by the U.S. in Iraq is unlikely,” says Mehran Kamrava, director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
“It appears that the U.S. is engaged in what might be called deliberate indecisiveness and inaction,” Kamrava tells the Tehran Times.
Following is the text of the interview:
Q: Do you think what would be the United States’ response to ISIL in Iraq?
A: It appears that the U.S. is engaged in what might be called deliberate indecisiveness and inaction. The U.S. appears to be taking a wait and see attitude to see to what extent ISIS forces progress. The U.S. is likely to respond to the formal request by the Iraqi government in the form of isolated, long-distance airstrikes. But the U.S. is unlikely to engage in in-depth, extensive, attacks in Iraq. Long-term military action by the U.S. in Iraq is unlikely.
Q: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has slammed neocons for their stance on the crisis in Iraq. Why?
A: Obviously, the Republicans are likely to use whatever happens in Iraq as a reason to criticize the Obama administration, especially given that potential candidates are already maneuvering for the 2016 presidential elections. And, naturally, the Democrats will defend the administration and its policies. So we will see noise coming out of the Congress, but with an eye toward domestic U.S. politics. In this instance, Obama has already said he will "consult" with the Congress, which means that the Congress will play a marginal role in policy making.
Q: Harry Reid has also said he is against possible cooperation between Washington and Tehran on Iraq. Do you think that this view is shared by the Obama administration and the Congress?
A: Many in the Congress, both Republican and Democrat, find it difficult to endorse cooperation between the U.S. and Iran. If there is cooperation between Iran and the U.S. in relation to Iraq, it is likely to be low-key (not highly publicized), over specific issues, and involve mostly logistical and support matters rather than grand policy matters.