The issue of the desperate plight facing America’s Iraqi collaborators has gotten some fitful attention over the years. But it’s never really been possible to do anything about it, because for the United States to implement a serious policy in this regard would require an administration that’s not committed to trying to maintain the illusion that a happy, stable, pro-American democracy is right around the corner. Fortunately, we’ll have just such an administration in two weeks.
Thus, the time is right for things like this proposal from Brian Katulis and Natalie Ondiak for an emergency airlift to get these endangered people to safety. Of course that will still leave the broader issue of Iraq’s millions of displaced people, but it’d be a start.