By Mick Krever, CNN
The United States faces two main problems right now in Iraq, Douglas Ollivant, former director for Iraq at the U.S. National Security Council.
The first, he said, are the Sunni extremists ISIS, who have poured in across the border from Syria, embroiled in civil war.
“Even if Iraq didn’t exist, this is still a problem for us,” Ollivant told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour.
The second is Iraq’s government itself.
“Closely related to this is the dysfunction of Iraqi politics, which has made Iraq uniquely vulnerable to ISIS right now. We need to deal with the first problem right away, as ISIS is moving south towards Baghdad.”
“Once that problem is dealt with, then we can take a little more leisure to figure out how we do fix the admittedly dysfunctional politics in Baghdad.”
Click above to watch Gorani’s full interview with Ollivant.