We have a second chance to do right in Iraq, both in the fight for Mosul and the political and societal strife sure to follow in its wake.

The Iranian client state formerly known as Iraq might be confused about its loyalties right now. But that doesn’t mean we ought to be. We’ve done so much there. We need to see this through, more than we need to further entrench ourselves in the tragedy befalling Syria. So many folks have worked extremely hard to make Iraq great again. It’s not great and maybe it never will be in our lifetime. But we’ve been given a second chance to get it right.

Never mind why we went there in the first place; it’s irrelevant now. We are there. Even in the 24-hour news cycle, there’s no escaping Iraq.

Our work abroad and our constant desire to intervene is immaterial to the discussion of our role in the future or Iraq. What’s done is done, and it’s our role to stay there in some capacity. Iranian influence is strong, and we’ve witnessed the chaos released when the Sunni population feels cornered—something like ISIL emerges. A societal scourge, like Beetlejuice, waiting for you to request its help. We can help referee an Iraq, politically, that doesn’t make the Sunni population feel so outnumbered and helpless—they call for Beetlejuice.