For John, BLUF: One can't intervene everywhere, but one shouldn't ignore everything. Nothing to see here; just move along.
At Investers Business Daily Reporter Richard Cohen has an OpEd headlined "America's Left Slides Down A Slippery Slope In Iraq".
I am not sure that this is a problem just of the "Left", but Mr Cohen writs "On the Left", so it is his beat.
The point of the item is that there are those who just don't wish to risk getting involved in Iraq. That includes humanitarian intervention that could, through mission creep, become military intervention. On the other hand, Mr Cohen seems to equate combat with soldiers on the ground, not aircraft flying sorties and dropping bombs, or dropping supplies, like food or water, (or doing reconnaissance). Here is a key paragraph:
This is the "tough noogies" school that laments the plight of this or that ethnic group but can't do anything for them lest the U.S. find itself on a slope slippier than the one the Yazidis were clinging to on Iraq's Mount Sinjar. Intervene to save the desperate Yazidis and, before you know it, you're back at war.Regards — Cliff