Fiery Peters: 'Iraq Is Finished, Kerry Obsessed With Lines on a Map'
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraq for the second straight day, now meeting with Kurdish leaders in the north on ways to resolve the crisis and avoid a full-blown civil war. Meantime, the United Nations says more than 1,000 people have been killed this month as Sunni ISIS militants overrun Iraqi forces throughout the country.
Bill Hemmer asked Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) this morning what strategy he thinks is in the best interest of the United States. Peters faulted Kerry for failing to accept the "reality" of what's happening inside Iraq, arguing his "obsession with lines on a map is doing us ill service."
"Iraq is done, finished, gone, it’s over! We can’t reconcile these people, the hatreds are too deep. Our presence kept it on life support for eight years while we were there, but now it's irretrievably broken. So instead of trying to cobble together some remnant of Iraq in its current borders, we need be trying to shape what the wreckage is going to look like," said Peters, arguing that Kerry needs to focus on U.S. interests, not on the interests of the "anti-American Baghdad government."
Watch the full discussion above, including Peters' reaction to President Obama's assertion that the U.S. cannot play "whack-a-mole" in trying to go after ISIS in Iraq.