War & Peace As U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Begin, Will Military Intervention Escalate Growing Crisis? Phyllis Bennis responds to President Obama's announcement that there will be possible airstrikes in Iraq on Democracy Now! By Phyllis Bennis, August 8, 2014. Originally in Democracy Now!. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8NnjzBGWlc Read the transcript on Democracy Now!’s website. Follow @PhyllisBennisPhyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism project. Follow her on Twitter @PhyllisBennis.