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In Iraq, the United States is defending the indefensible

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June 16, 2014 12:15 AM
By Fareed Zakaria
The Daily Star

STORY SUMMARY

It is becoming increasingly likely that Iraq has reached a turning point. The forces hostile to the government have grown stronger, better equipped and more organized.

The first answer to the question is: Nouri al-Maliki lost Iraq.

From 2003 onward, Iraq faced a Sunni insurgency that was finally tamped down by Gen. David Petraeus, who said explicitly at the time that the core element of his strategy was political, bringing Sunni tribes and militias into the fold. The surge’s success, he often noted, bought time for a real power-sharing deal in Iraq that would bring the Sunnis into the structure of the government.

How did Maliki come to be prime minister of Iraq?

Having invaded Iraq with a small force – what the expert Tom Ricks called “the worst war plan in American history” – the administration needed to find local allies.

I would have preferred to see a small American force in Iraq to try to prevent the country’s collapse.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2014/Jun-16/260244-in-iraq-the-united-states-is-defending-the-indefensible.ashx#ixzz34mmFpPN6
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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2 Responses to In Iraq, the United States is defending the indefensible

  1. abu bakr ladd

    June 16, 2014 at 6:29 am

    In his book, The Gulf War and the New World Order, Mirza Tahir Ahmad predicted that the US invasion of Iraq would lead to instability in the region and create wars that would last 1000 years!

    Tunesia, Libya, Syria, Egypt, are only in the beginning stages. There is more to come.

  2. Najiba Ijaz

    June 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I am going to read that Book JazakAllah for the reference @abu bakr.