Editor’s note: The idea is not to hold Iraq together, but rather to break it down into constituent components along religious and sectarian lines. Mika’s father made this obvious when he wrote: “To put it in a terminology that hearkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.”

The United States cannot solve Iraq’s problems with military force, President Barack Obama reiterated in a series of interviews taped on Friday that aired across several networks on Monday morning.

Only Iraqis can resolve the violent conflict tearing apart in their country, Obama said, and in order to do accomplish this, they must find a way to ignore their sectarian differences for the common good of their homeland.

‘If they can’t, there’s not gonna be a military solution to this problem, Obama told CNN’s Kate Boulduan.

‘There’s no amount of American fire power that’s gonna be able to hold the country together, and I’ve made that clear to [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki] and all the other leadership inside of Iraq.’

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