Not so long time ago the biggest and baddest Army in the world came from Britain. It had colonies all over the world. The people in one of them were not happy being ruled by Britain so they took up arms against this mighty force and forced the British to give them their freedom. Their war began with the cry: “to arms, to arms, the Redcoats are coming.”
Today in far off Iraq you hear the opposite type of call because the people in that country do not want to fight for their liberty. They want someone else to do it. I wonder if the American revolutionaries had some bigger nation to fight for them would they have fought for themselves. Would the liberty and freedom and rights we have today exist had we been established as a country by some foreign force? Would they have known how expensive freedom is and what laws were necessary to institute to protect it?
A recent newspaper reported after the fall of Ramadi in Iraq that: “The White House said Vice President Joe Biden called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday to reaffirm U.S. support in light of the attacks on Ramadi. It said Biden promised expedited security help, including delivery of shoulder-fired rockets and other heavy weaponry to counter IS car bombs.”
Was there some reason to think Abadi did not know that with our 3,000 plus boots on the ground and our daily air support that we were not supporting him? Why is it we are always groveling to these foreign leaders who would not be in office without out support? Should not the White House have reported that Biden called Abadi and told him to put a little fight into his army of 270,000 men and 500,000 reserves or we are pulling out our support and letting him make a go of it on his own. Seriously, isn’t it time Iraq start saving itself.
Iraq spends the fourth highest amount on its army in terms of GDP in the world. It refuses to fight. Why is that?
You know the answer. Why should the Iraqi army fight to protect its country when it expects the United States will come in and do it for them? We already showed them our willingness to invade their country and protect them. I guess it is only natural that they think we should do it again. They, of course, were really grateful for our earlier actions. Once they felt secure they refused to sign a Status of Forces agreement with us protecting our troops so we left.
After we left to show their appreciation for our sacrifice, they immediately turned to nations that were hostile to us to ingratiate themselves with these enemies. Even today while we expend billions trying to keep them afloat and reaffirming our support they are playing a duplicitous game.
How about this news: “Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi flew to Russia on Wednesday, seeking closer military co-operation. Mr Abadi, who is travelling with a large number of ministers and advisers, is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.” The focus will be “the development of relations between the two countries, mainly expanding the military and security cooperation, and support for Iraqi forces in the face of terrorism,” Abadi’s office said. Iraq is reportedly looking to buy military equipment from Russia, China and Iran.
You see how appreciated our sacrifices have been. You see how absurd it is this continuing groveling. Iraq expects us to give them missiles and soldiers while it buys military equipment from other countries that it refuses to use to defend itself.
What then is the response of our leaders in the Republican Party. Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham, candidate Rick Santorum, want to send 10,000 or more American troops back into Iraq. The other Republican candidates waffle on what they want but all criticize the present policy (if it still exists) of expecting the huge Iraqi army to fight for itself and hint (“I’ll listen to our military commanders”) at a willingness to go back to Iraq.
Are our leaders unable to see that it is not our job to keep Iraq safe? Sure we broke it but fixed it up again and left it as a viable functioning state with a well-trained army. We taught them how to fight but could not put the fight into them. They will never have it as long as we are willing to go back in there.
Our policy toward Iraq should be to let it stand or fall on its own. It is hard to believe that after so much loss of life we are thinking of going back in again.