Shakeup or Shakedown in Iraqi Army?

By: Friday November 14, 2014 8:15 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, as Commander-in-Chief of the belittled Iraqi Army, fired 26 military commanders on November 12 for corruption and incompetence.

“The military leadership should have competence, and this is an important thing, as it is not possible for someone who is not efficient to do his work properly,” Abadi said in comments to army officers broadcast on state television. “The second thing is integrity, as efficiency without integrity produces a vacuum. The third is courage, so that the soldier will fight in a proper way when he sees his commander has such qualifications.”

 

Bad News: Appointment of Shia Militiaman to Iraqi Cabinet

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 12:25 pm

A key part of America’s strategy in Iraq is the creation of an “inclusive” government in Baghdad, one that will pull together the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds. This has been a persistent American myth since the 2003 invasion, one that is impossible realize and thus a single point of failure for Obama’s war.

Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

By: Friday August 8, 2014 9:14 am

As America goes back to war in Iraq with airstrikes, here’s what to know and do instead…

Ten Reasons Airstrikes in Iraq are a Terrible Idea

By: Monday June 23, 2014 9:37 am

Here are some of the many reasons airstrikes (or any other form of U.S. military action) in Iraq are just a terrible idea.

From 2011: Who Won the War in Iraq? Iran.

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 7:19 am

When wars end, usually there is a winner and a loser. Greeks burn down the city for the win; Trojans accept a dummy horse for the epic loss, like that. As we near the end of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq, and note the beginning of the State Department occupation (the formal mission handover is Oct. 1), it is a good time to decide who lost and who won, and what that means for the future of Iraq.

Who “Lost” Iraq? Bush? Obama? Military? State? Maliki? How About “All of the Above”?

By: Friday January 10, 2014 8:30 am

Given the foundational mistake of destroying a country in hopes of rebuilding it, perhaps we should better ask, prior to the next U.S. military action, “Could we have not lost Iraq?”

The Dumbest Article You’ll Read This Week About Iraq

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 1:05 pm

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is in the US this week, meeting with officials in hopes of getting more US assistance, including lots of weapons he says he needs to fight terrorism, or Syria, or whatever (whatever=killing more Sunnis.) You can expect lots of dumb, uninformed comment about this visit.

Why is Iraq Declared “Success” with Benchmarks Unmet, Government Yet to Form?

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 1:30 pm

Vice President Joe Biden visited Iraq over the July 4th holiday weekend, but his efforts to spur movement on the stalemated talks to form a new government in Iraq produced no results. Iraqis went to the polls on March 7 of this year and yet no government has been formed, nearly four months later. Thankfully, despite this abject failure at nation building, withdrawal of US troops remains on schedule.

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