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7 Things You NEED to Know about Iraq!
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1. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney invaded Iraq with no clear and comprehensive plan for what to do after the invasion and the end of Saddam Hussein's regime. Weeks before the war, the administration stated there was no reason to fear that sectarian conflict would ensue after Saddam was booted.

2. Following the invasion, the Bush-Cheney administration decided to prohibit the Sunni-dominated Baath Party from participating in a post-Saddam government and decommissioned the existing Baathist-led military. This caused deep resentment among Sunnis, especially former military commanders and soldiers (who would now be available for an armed opposition). The move had the effect of banishing Iraqis with governing and security experience from the post-Saddam order. That would be good for chaos and conflict.

3. The Bush-Cheney deciders, having decimated the Sunni ruling establishment, backed the creation of a government led by hard-line Shiite religious parties, including the party of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Maliki regime has been corrupt, authoritarian, and incompetent—and allied closely with the Shiite government in Iran. (Iran was a key sponsor of Maliki when he was in exile during the Saddam years.) The thuggish Maliki government, supported by the Bush administration and then the Obama administration, has treated the Sunni areas of Iraq as enemy territory and refused to share power with Sunnis—stoking the deep-seated tensions between Sunnis and Shiites. (As the murderous Sunni ultra-extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have gained power in Mosul and other Sunni-dominated cities and towns, non-extremist Sunnis have sided with—or tolerated—the jihadists because of their shared hatred of the Maliki regime and the Iraqi military, which Sunnis in Mosul considered an occupying force).

4. President Barack Obama did not leave a residual force of American troops in Iraq after he withdrew US troops because Maliki would not sign a Status of Forces Agreement protecting US soldiers. Though Bush also did not negotiate a long-term SOFA, prominent Republicans, including Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney, have slammed Obama for failing to obtain such an agreement. But Fareed Zakaria reports that a senior Iraqi politician told him, "Maliki cannot allow American troops to stay on. Iran has made very clear to Maliki that it's No. 1 demand is that there be no American troops remaining in Iraq. And Maliki owes them."

5. The United States has provided much training and equipment to the Iraqi military—$25 billion in military aid—before and after the US withdrawal. Yet under Maliki the Iraqi army has not been professionalized and has committed repeated abuses against civilians, according to Human Rights Watch, including unlawful raids and arrests, torture, and indiscriminate shelling. When a relatively small band of jihadists attacked Mosul and Tikrit, four major divisions folded. Training and equipment does not help if soldiers strip off their uniforms and flee because they are not committed to the mission and the government.

6. More US assistance to Maliki and his military may not make the difference. (See No. 5.) Moreover, Iran has sent special forces to Iraq to assist Maliki—bolstering Iraq's dependence on Iran. If the United States were to funnel additional military equipment (and more advanced equipment) to Maliki's army, it could well end up with the ISIS jihadists (given the Iraq military's habit to cut and run) or—get this—with the Revolutionary Guard of Iran. A good deal for Tehran. And if US air strikes are ordered in Iraq to assist Maliki, American fighter jets or drones would be deployed in a tactical alliance with Iran.

7. The current crisis is not the result of inadequate US support of Maliki and the Iraqi military. It is the outcome of Maliki's failures, which have provided the evildoers of ISIS—a band that does threaten civilians and stability in the region—an opportunity, and these failures were enabled by the Bush administration and unaddressed by the Obama crew. Unless the basic dynamic is altered, any military action—whether taken by the United States, regional allies, and/or NATO—will be as effective as pounding sand.

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HMJC commented on Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 09:19 AM

This comment has been removed for violating the terms and conditions of use.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 13:42 PM

No on violated the terms or conditions of use. I stated the information was pulled from an internet site... (read the last line) I didn't post the link because I pulled it from a twitter profile and couldn't locate the link. Also, you should show the same concern when a certain blogger post from media sites daily.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 13:42 PM

Our problems in Iraq now are a direct result of this President's decision on HOW to disengage. It's not a sound strategy to just be the "anti-Bush" and simply pull everybody out. EVERY President is stuck with the decisions and actions of his predecessor. The smart ones do not allow the situation to collapse as Obama has.

The internet site you pulled these "7 things" from is selling the Obama administration's slant - and a majority of the country isn't buying it. See:

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first...

Specifically:

"Just 37 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy, which is an all-time low in the survey, while 57 percent disapprove, an all-time high. "

So, spin on. But the rest of us know what the real deal is.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 13:44 PM

PN: HMJC's comment was removed by the webmeister for violating the site rules - not any of your comments.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 13:46 PM

Sebekm- everyone's ratings are down. The Democrats ratings are actually higher than the Republicans. So not everyone is buying the Republican Snake Oil. Also, thanks for posting the link.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 13:52 PM

Everyone's rating is NOT down. And it's the POTUS rating at mid-term elections that is most important. I know you don't really read my blogs, but this is from my blog earlier this month:

"--In April, 47 percent of voters preferred that their representative in Congress be a Republican who is a check on the president, versus 43 percent who preferred a Democrat who will help the president pass his agenda. In May, the Republican check and balance gained a net nine points, lifting it to a majority position, 51–38.

--For the first time this year, our monthly generic ballot for Congress went Republican. In April it was 41 percent Republican to 43 percent Democratic. In May, it’s now 43–41 in favor of the GOP."

See: http://community.coastalcourier.com/b...

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 13:53 PM

Everyone's ratings ARE not down, that is...

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 14:15 PM

Seb- the Democrats are seen more favorable as the Republicans. Also, haven't you learned your lessons about polls? Eric Cantor would tell you to put it up.

I want go back and fourth with you because I have a feeling you could do this all day...Let's just wait until November- I guarantee you Democrats will maintain the Senate and a few states will turn blue.

I haven't been wrong yet! I told you Obamacare was here to stay and the POTUS would be re-elected. You argued both tooth and nail.

We shall see...

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 14:35 PM

PN: That's old news. The GOP is now even or ahead in public opinion on who can handle the most important issues in the country. POTUS ratings are driving those numbers. An NBC News correspondent recently declared that the recent polls indicate that Obama's presidency - for all practical matters - is OVER based on his recent polls. See:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/about-t...

Specifically:

"President Obama's approval rating has dropped to 41 percent, a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of foreign policy issues, he has lost support from the Hispanic community and Americans actually think his administration is less competent than the Bush White House post-Hurricane Katrina, according to a new survey from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News."

"The survey would appear to be so bad, in fact, that NBC News' Chuck Todd said Tuesday that the poll basically means the public has declared the Obama presidency to be over.

"This poll is a disaster for the president," Todd said. "You look at the presidency here: Lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina."

"On the issue of do you believe he can still lead? A majority believe no. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over," Todd added."

See: http://washingtonexaminer.com/about-t...

I am not making this stuff up. These are the numbers and the conclusions are inescapable (with eyes wide open).

The ultimate polls will be reflected in November. Everything points to:

*Republicans hold the House

*Republicans have a good chance of taking the Senate. Those chances have been reinforced by every succeeding poll for the past six months

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 14:47 PM

Here are a few of the recent polls I'm referring to. First, check this one out:

*http://www.cbsnews.com/news/democrats-lose-their-edge-ahead-of-midterm-elections-poll-finds/

Then see:

*http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/04/public-preference-for-a-gop-congress-marks-a-new-low-in-obamas-approval/

And lastly, the odds-makers earlier this month projected that the GOP takes the Senate:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/f...

Note especially their odds for the GA Senate race. They're calling it 70-30 FOR the GOP candidate - whoever that happens to be.


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