Hey Iraq, Be Careful of What You Wish For
Let’s try to hold off the trolling comments from the start. I believe in hindsight, the US never should have gone into Iraq the second time, we went there with faulty information. Now, to the point of the post.
According to the NY Times, many Iraqis are a bit nervous about the recent information that the American drawdown will only leave about 3,000 troops in Iraq next year from the current 48,000 on the ground now. They loved to bluster and scream about the Americans being occupiers and they need to leave now. The US military was very much open to a request from Iraq’s government to have the troops stay. After multiple iterations of “are you sure?” went unanswered, the US is going to pull out. But now, there are feelings of their own country’s inadequacy:
- “They bring a balance to Iraqi society,” [a Shiite tribe leader] said.
- “Iraq is just not ready, and it’s necessary for the Americans to stay to prevent Iran from overrunning the country and helping to prevent violence. But we know 3,000 troops will not be enough.” said the Governor of the Anbar province
- “If the Americans withdraw, there will be problems because there will be no great power in the country that everyone respects,” said Mateen Abdullah Karkukli
- “The leading parties now in the government tend to act like dictators,” said Mr. Maamouri, the tribal leader. “I am afraid if the Americans withdraw from Iraq, these parties will act even more like dictators.
- “After the Iraqi government was formed, I began to discover that the Americans were far better than the current officials,” said Raad Hamada, 51, an oil engineer from Basra. “I wish that the United States would stay longer because we need their culture, their assistance and their development. The American security forces keep the evil and militias away.”
Oh and there’s also this gem of “you broke it, you fix it”, even though they say they want our military out immediately:
But they created all of these problems, so they should stay and fix them.”
It’ll be a great day when those 45,000 troops get to come home. Hopefully they will all get to come back home and not be sent somewhere else.