PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA)- With news of ISIS gaining momentum in Iraq, some are questioning the effectiveness of America’s involvement in the Middle East.

Veteran human rights activist and associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies Ajamu Baraka joined host Chris Moore to discuss Iraq, Syria and the impact of the United States’ residency in Iraq.

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While on the program, Baraka criticized US foreign policy over the last 20 years. 

“The foreign policies of the US in the last two decades, as it relates to Iraq and most of the nations in the so-called middle east, has been disastrous,”  he said, adding, “what has occurred in Iraq was predictable.”

He went on to say that military tactics so far have not seemed to help.

“It’s clear that the military option has not worked. You’ve had military interventions now throughout the entire Middle East,” he said. “You see the results … complete and utter chaos.” 

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He also argues that America’s involvement was the result of a devious strategy to escalate a minor political irritant  into a major concern for Americans.

When asked what the efficacy of pulling our troops out to let Iraq solve their own problems would be, he replied “The efficacy would be that the US has less blood on it’s hands. We have to make a determination; whose interests are we in fact supporting when we support these ventures to these foreign countries?”

Hear the full interview here:

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More on Baraka’s writings and viewpoints can be found at blackagendareport.org, or ajamubaraka.com.