Take a good look at this photo. The person pictured is making one of the greatest blunders in recorded history. The troops he ordered in Iraq had taken over the capital, Baghdad, when the dictator, Saddam Hussein, had fled. He and his demented advisors thought that the conquerors would be greater as liberators and the ensuing occupation would be short, so they declared that “mission” had been accomplished. They could not have been more wrong.
The Bush team’s decision to eliminate the stated owned companies that comprised the country’s economy and replace them with American private concerns generated resistance. When the occupying troops conducted brutal dood-door troops the resistance became armed.
General Petreus’s approach to fighting the resistance was to organize the people into militias as the Peruvian government did against the Maoist Sendero Luminosa. This puts rebels in an awkward position. The problem was that no one in the affected villages wanted to fight their own people.
The solution was to enlist Shiites to fight rebels from Sunni villages and vice versa, for which they had many takers. This helped, but it turned the rift between the two Islamic factions into an armed conflict. The chickens from this exacerbation are now coming home to roost.
Elections put a Shiite government in power. Sunni rebels continued to fight. The president, Maliki, responded. The result is that a an Islamic faction, ISIS, so militant it was kicked out of Al Queda has taken over the opposition and is advancing on Baghdad.
So far the Right has succeed in getting the public to blame President Obama for this debacle because he presided over the withdraw of troops from Iraq. It is important to remember, however, that the war in that country was BUSH’S war. Bush started it under the false pretext of the presence of weapons of mass destruction, which have never been found. He also claimed human rights as a reason to invade, likely only to hege his bets. BUSH’S people created the present conflict by implementing destructive policies and pitting Sunnis and Shiites against each other. The situation deteriorated so much Bush started the pullout ( part of his motive may have been to deprive a potential Democratic successor of the credit for the wothdrawal). Obama inherited BUSH’s mess. It BUSH who is to blame and should be blamed for what is now happening in Iraq.
McCain and other Republicans are crazy to believe that keeping troops in Iraq would have prevented this. On the contrary, they would only have made things worse, as would any future military action. We should nor involve ourselves in the civil war we have created. It is fortunate that Obama has ruled out ground troops. He has, however, ordered an aircraft carrier into the area. I hope he is very careful about what action he takes.