Iraq: The Coming Train Wreck

Ivan Eland writes for the Indepent Institute about the many problems which remain in Iraq, the location of the six-year war we have apparently forgotten:

  • The Iraqi parliament is fractious and completely dysfunctional…
  • After six years of training by the U.S., only 17 of the Iraqi Army’s 174 combat battalions can conduct counterinsurgency operations without U.S. help. All of the Iraqi army depends on the U.S. military for logistics, intelligence, and air support.
  • U.S. forces are so roundly hated in Iraq that U.S. military trainers have to quarantine themselves in fortified compounds separate from the Iraqi soldiers for fear of being fragged by those they trained…
  • Basic services have improved somewhat but are still lousy, with continuing power outages and a lack of clean water.

Saddam Hussein may be removed from power, but the power vacuum he left seems to have mostly sucked up trash.  The situation in Iraq continues to be disastrous, and there is little indication that even the omnipotent American government can overcome the country’s “forces of ethnicity, sectarianism, and tribalism” and do anything really positive in Iraq.   Or maybe we shouldn’t have tried in the first place, as argued capably by both Ron Paul and Laurence Vance.

The War in Iraq makes few headlines now, but it’s still happpening.  We may be focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran now, but the catastrophe that is Iraq continues.  And it’s still our fault.

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