Following US President Obama’s lackluster address to the nation on the ‘ending of hostilities’ and withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, it seems the original architects of that debacle are now emerging from their cubbyholes in an attempt to claim – credit?
If Western news media took the trouble to ascertain the truth of the situation in Iraq today, and proclaimed it to the world (as is their responsibility as broadcasters) these scum might not be so keen to display their faces.
Below, are two posts from the McClatchy blog, ‘Inside Iraq’, each dated September 3rd 2010:
What Iraqis Think About The Pull Out – 1
So – What do Iraqis think about the American pull-out? I spoke to many people, politicians. security people and just plain Iraqis and will post their opinions.
Qaswar Abu Tariq – officer in the Iraqi Army – 31 years – father of four:
“People have a right to be afraid. It (what the US has done in Iraq) is not a job well done. No one in his right mind, only perhaps a politician would like to see occupation forces extend their presence. But look around you – what do you see? The country’s borders are open on all sides, open for any who wish to enter and do their will inside Iraq, whether Iran, Syria or any other of the neighbouring countries. Was the decision to withdraw come at a time when they (US) left a force able to secure our borders? No. There is no such thing – whatever the politicians say.. Believe me, if we were able to secure our borders the terrorist attacks would fall to one half – at least. So they (US) failed to provide Iraq with secure borders.
“And how sovereign can a country be if it needs the air-force of the U.S to protect it’s air-space? In seven years, why have no steps been taken to revive our air-force?
“What about the ground security forces – The Army is riddled with officers who have no loyalty to Iraq or Iraqis but to their own political parties and affiliations. It cannot function as one unified command because it isn’t – It was built wrong. Men – not officers, men from Badr Brigade, from the Sadrist trend, Dawa Party, the Communist Party, IIp and others where employed as officers according to an agreement between the political parties – as if in a quota, a number to appease each party. These men are known as the “merger officers”. They are not officers; they have no military training at all, and were given ranks according to their age. So a 40 year old man would probably be made into a brigadier general, some can’t even read and write. These are the bane of the army; their loyalties are for their parties – openly, and they hinder every effort to make the army one unified fighting force. Is this the good job the Americans set out to do? How did they allow this to happen under their authority? And how can such a divided force secure the country, when each group is working for its own ends? So they failed there, too.
“The Federal Police, better known as the “commandoes of the Interior (ministry) – or better still, Badr Brigade don’t even bother to conceal their loyalty, They are known to be setarian and have loyalties to Iran, where they were trained – They don’t have to hide it. Who are they afraid of? This is the better trained and equipped force and maybe the only force that can act as a fighting unit. But its sectarian leanings are well known and they are not trusted by all Iraqis.
“So when Iraqis see their politicians on television talking about democracy and making promises – they no longer get angry – they just laugh weakly, dismissing them in despair.
“You see us four? (there were four men sitting there, Abu Tariq and three others) – Does any one of us truly believe that we have a functional government – never mind a government that can keep the peace? No!
“So if the Americans want to leave in despair because they have completely failed and don’t know what to do about it – let them go, not in honour but in disgrace. But they must not, in all honesty, give the impression that they are leaving after having accomplished their mission in Iraq – unless their mission was to wreck the country and leave it bleeding from every pore”.
What Iraqis Think of the Pull Out 2
Widad Hameed – retired high school teacher – over 70 – proud grandmother of seven:
(Are the Iraqi security forces capable of keeping the peace – or not?) “No, I do not believe that the Iraqi security forces are capable of handling the security. Over and over again they have proved that they are incapable, and violence is on the rise. I believe they lack the knowledge, the training and the will to stand up to the challenge.
(Will violence escalate when the USF [US Forces] pull out?) (Long pause..) “I am torn between two considerations answering this question. Firstly – I am strongly opposed to the presence of foreign troops on Iraqi sovereign soil – and therefore hope to see them leave as quickly as possible – This is on principle. But on the other hand, I am afraid of what might happen after they leave. I have no great faith in the abilities of the ISF [Iraqi Security Force] and feel that the chaos in our political situation will be reflected upon the security scene as the politicians slug it out and violence will rise and the people will pay. As for the Americans – The chaos we are witnessing is a result of their failed plans, and I don’t think there is anything they could do at this late date to make a difference. Had they wanted to achieve better results, they should have been more serious about training and arming the ISF – commanders and ranks alike – Seven years should have been long enough”.
(Should the USF interfere if violence rose to unbearable levels?) “Though I hate to say it – But, yes, they should interfere. They have a moral duty to the citizens of Iraq. It was because of their intervention (the occupation) that security has disappeared from our lives. The chaos now present in Iraq is their doing – and they must protect us from the dangers that they brought with them when they invaded Iraq. They must protect us from al Qaida, the militias and the political violence. It is their moral duty.
(What more should they have done before the next phase?) “Do you know that a very large number of soldiers manning checkpoints have had no training at all? Do you know that? I have asked many of them as we pass checkpoints. One of them told me that they took his name and address, gave him a uniform and machine-gun and told him to report for duty. Is this what the Americans promised? Never mind promised – Is this what they say they have achieved? No – they say they have trained and armed a security force that is capable of handling the security – and they lie! Either they don’t know how to do this task – or they had no intention of producing a well trained and equipped force. It is either one or the other, because we don’t have a well trained, well armed security force. I am not a professional – but I think, in seven years, they could have done a better job were they so minded. And now they are pulling out, leaving us to live in the chaos they created”.
My thanks to Sahar IIS for posting this information.
Perhaps Messrs Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Hadley, Feith, Kristol, and others may like to take time out and address these opinions, while bowing to the masses and accepting our acclaim for a job well done?
 “Bush-Era Iraq War Architects Emerge To Demand ‘Credit’ For Iraq War ‘Success’” Thinkprogress.org, September 1st 2010
 “Inside Iraq” September 3rd 2010
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