Thursday, June 12, 2014

Post-War Iraq: Now What?

Remember how the Bush administration promised that removing Saddam Hussein and his evil dictatorship would lead to a democratic and peaceful Iraq?  And remember how they all promised that once the Iraqi army was trained and there was a stable government in place, we could leave them in peace?

Yeah, how’d that work out?

BAGHDAD — Sunni militants consolidated and extended their control over northern Iraq on Wednesday, seizing Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, threatening the strategic oil refining town of Baiji and pushing south toward Baghdad, their ultimate target, Iraqi sources said.

As the dimensions of the assault began to become clear, it was evident that a number of militant groups had joined forces, including Baathist military commanders from the Hussein era, whose goal is to rout the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. One of the Baathists, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, was a top military commander and a vice president in the Hussein government and one of the few prominent Baathists to evade capture by the Americans throughout the occupation.

“These groups were unified by the same goal, which is getting rid of this sectarian government, ending this corrupt army and negotiating to form the Sunni Region,” said Abu Karam, a senior Baathist leader and a former high-ranking army officer, who said planning for the offensive had begun two years ago. “The decisive battle will be in northern Baghdad. These groups will not stop in Tikrit and will keep moving toward Baghdad.”

Great.  I don’t think anyone really believed that after we left it would be all roses and rainbows, but if history is any guide — remember the fall of Saigon in 1975 — it’s proof again that we suck at nation-building.  Now they want us to come back and help.

Fool me once…

3 barks and woofs on “Post-War Iraq: Now What?

  1. Not so fast. John (the military expert) McCain is ranting on the Senate floor about how all this chaos is Obama’s fault. There are no American troops in Iraq because Obama pulled them out. Problem with that reasoning: Maliki wouldn’t allow the 30,000 troops Obama wanted to keep stationed there in case this sort of thing happened. Now, of course, he wants them back.

    Actually when you think back, the fundamental problem here can be laid at the feet of Paul Bremmer who chased every Sunni out of the government and the army in Iraq. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, they’re back and bitter? I guess so.

  2. Someday, the whole Middle East will explode and pull the rest of the world into the conflagration. It’ll be WWIII. And, no, it won’t mean Jesus is returning.

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