• U.S. Planning to Send 450 More Military Personnel to Iraq

    June 11, 2015

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    Posted in: Iran, Iraq, Military

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    When at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail again.

    And with that, we woke up Wednesday to see the Obama administration ready to announce a change of course in Iraq, one that is very much a back to the future kind of event. Following about a year of not defeating, degrading or destroying Islamic State (IS; in fact, they are doing quite well, thank you), the administration let slip it’s planning to send hundreds or more new U.S. military personnel to set up a new training base in Anbar Province, Western Iraq. The facility will be located at Al Taqqadum, an Iraqi base near the town of Habbaniya.

    American plans are to somehow use, what, magic powder, to double the number of Sunni tribesmen willing to fight IS, while at the same time recruiting and training some 3,000 new Iraqi Army personnel to fight specifically in Anbar. Such plans remind one of an eight-year-old, who proclaims she plans to make a billion zillion dollars selling lemonade in front of the house.

    The 450 new military trainers would boost the American presence in Iraq; there are currently 3,080 U.S. military personnel in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal notes this latest dumbass move “would expose American forces to greater risk of being drawn into direct combat with Islamic State forces that already control territory around likely sites for a planned U.S. training base.”

    But that’s actually the least thing wrong with all this. The biggest problem is the latest American escalation won’t work any better than any of the previous ones, going as far back at 2006 and The Surge.

    Apart from the possibility U.S. troops will engage in combat, lead ground combat missions, or act as forward air controllers for U.S. warplanes, their most likely mission will be to try and train Sunni militias to fight IS. The U.S. has been pestering the Shiite Iraqi government for years to arm and train the Sunnis. That government, fearful of an armed insurrection among its own people and dead set on conquering Iraqi Sunni-controlled territory in Anbar (IS is a sideshow, dangerous and annoying, but in the long-term politics of Iraq, a sideshow nonetheless), has shown about as much enthusiasm for the idea as a Muslim at a pork roast, wrapped in bacon, enroute to a Quran burning. You get it.

    Without the support of the central government, in particular concrete moves toward moving Shiite militias and their Iranian trainers out of Anbar, coupled with concrete moves to a bring Sunnis into actual government roles that affect the daily lives and political future of the Sunnis, the U.S. plan will fail. Basically, the same plan already failed in 2009 when the central government refused to support the U.S.-initiated Sahwa, the Sons of Iraq, and allowed the Sunnis to flounder. Remember one definition of mental illness is doing the same thing over and over, each time hoping for different results.

    Baghdad has no interest in empowering its Sunni minority. It is playing a long-game for control of Iraq, not going deep with the United States in some short-term temper tantrum against the latest terror group we helped create that has spun out of control. To the U.S., the battle is toward the east, as Anbar is just 70 miles from Baghdad. To the Iraqi government, the battlefield is west, from Anbar deeper into Sunni turf.

    Now take a look at this snapshot: The Iranians are training and equipping Shiite militias. The U.S. is seeking to train and equip Sunni militias. Long after IS retreats, retires to Florida or whatever, what could possibly go wrong with that kind of a scenario?



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    • John Poole said...

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      So who are those specific trainers for such a pathetic lost cause task? How does the military find such guys within their ranks? They’d have to be jaded and cynical by now-not a good attitude if one wants to inspire trainees.

      06/11/15 8:36 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I hope no one reading WMW thinks that Obama cares about anything except his approaching term limit. Once he’s done with his “presidential thing” (which was purely a personal quest for glory) he’ll be fine putting it all behind him. Deaths under his so called watch won’t matter for those pawns are all in heaven enjoying themselves. Oh, did I mention that he is religiously insane like most Americans-black or white.

      06/11/15 8:42 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      Wearing Nikes?!
      (The “training” pool: dupes For 0′ GORY!)

      06/11/15 11:01 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      I wonder how many mercenaries we have there? (Aside from ISIS, I mean.)

      06/12/15 4:17 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      What could possibly go wrong with that kind of a scenario?

      We – the dumbest country on the planet – may be stupid, but we is consistent.

      http://www.wired.com/2015/06/opm-breach-security-privacy-debacle/

      06/12/15 6:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Orin T Larson said...

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      Great shades of Dien Ben Phu!

      06/13/15 7:35 AM | Comment Link

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