BLITZER'S BLOG: Civil war dangers in Iraq
President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Washington, DC, December 12, 2011.
December 22nd, 2011
04:41 PM ET
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BLITZER'S BLOG: Civil war dangers in Iraq

(CNN) – It's not even a week since all U.S. troops have been pulled out of Iraq, but the situation there is quickly deteriorating. I don't think it's by any means out of the question that civil war is possible.

The terror attacks in the country today were brutal – scores dead, many more innocents wounded. The pictures are horrendous.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Iraq has been engaged in civil war for thousands of years. They joined forces when the United States got involved.

    December 22, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    It's a horrible situation but why doesn't somebody ask the village idiot from Texas, who started this war, what HE is going to do about it!

    December 22, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    ...but Obama and David Axelrod knew more than the Generals about the situation there. Let's hope the Iraqi's are able to maintain some stability with what we left them.

    December 22, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Jayson

    It is only a matter of time before Iraq splinters since there is no longer a binding force to hold the country together. If it does not splinter it will be because the majority Shiites have taken on the role once filled by the Saddam led Sunni minority. The only problem is that the Kurds are not about to let themselves suffer the same oppression they suffered under Saddam

    December 22, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Give it a rest, Blitzer, you tired old neocon hack. We had no business ever being in Iraq. We broke it, then belatedly tried to fix (at tremendous cost to the public and great profit to your neocon buddies) and left because no one wanted us there. What's happening now is the result of our interference, and there's little the US can do now.

    December 22, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. MWM

    This was not that hard to predict. Anytime a strong regime is toppled and not replaced with a strong government, civil war will follow. This comes from entering a war with no exit strategy.

    December 22, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Ben Dover

    Send in John McCain, He knows how to fix it. HAHAHA!

    December 22, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Larry L

    @Marie MD

    "It's a horrible situation but why doesn't somebody ask the village idiot from Texas, who started this war, what HE is going to do about it!"
    Great comment! I might ask all of the right-wingers who voted for that fool TWICE to man-up to the damage caused to our people and our economy.

    December 22, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Wire Palladin, S. F.
    Iraq has been engaged in civil war for thousands of years◄

    And they will be engaged for another thousands years. We need to "butt out" and let them fight for their own freedom like Egypt, Libya and Syria is doing. We should ONLY help out as a a coalition and that's that!! I don't even believe there were any other soldiers in Iraq from any other country but USA.......... We're DONE with this and should worry about our own boarders!!

    Obama 2012

    December 22, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    "...civil war possible"? Kind of like the last ten years? At least this time our people won't be stuck in the middle of it.

    December 22, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    4500 Americans sacrificed their life, our tax payer paid nearly $900 billion to bring stability in Iraq. Now Iraqi’s turn to bring stability to their nation.

    Ron Paul said “America shouldn't be the world's policeman.” I totally agree Some will blame Obama for withdrawing troops from Iraq for them “First show me the money”

    December 22, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. B

    it is not like we did not see this coming, Thanks to Mr. Bush and Co. Trying to start a Democracy in an environment like Iraq
    where feuding religious factions have been waring with each other as long as history was a fools errand.

    Will we ever learn not to elect idiots like "W" to high positions of responsibility?

    December 22, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. Allen Hussein

    Why is this our problem or of any concern to us?

    December 22, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. GonzoinHouston

    The Shiites will launch an all-out effort to seize the Kurdish-controlled oil fields within 30 days, very possibly with the help of the Iranian military. You cannot have a democracy unless enough of the people who control the guns want democracy more than they want power for themselves. The Iraqis have no one to blame but themselves, and we have no one to blame but the few who lied so greatly to lead us into that war, and the many who still support them.

    December 22, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. kayla

    if america does not do anything about the gangs at home, what makes you think they can help iraq?

    December 22, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Expat American

    Bush and Cheney’s war was based on a Republican lie. There were no WMDs and Saddam Hussein was not involved in 9/11. The loss of life is devastating – that of innocent Iraqis and US military personnel. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz and co. will never face the justice that they deserve. During the campaign many McCain/Palin supporters spoke of “Bush bringing freedom to Iraq” while in the same breath they accused the President of being a ‘Muslim’. The Iraqi women and children who lost their lives in just the initial mission of Shock and Awe were all Muslim; which leads me to believe that these same McCain/Palin supporters never cared about the ‘Freedom that Bush brought to Iraq’.

    December 22, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Thomas

    It's up to the Iraq people .

    We are not there baby sitters or bankers.

    Remember what the Great Bush said , the Iraqi people are smart , they have money !

    December 22, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Iraq is over for us it's time for them to take care of themselves without unwanted help.

    December 23, 2011 02:13 am at 2:13 am |