Iraq Is Falling Apart–And We Caused It
Iraq is being overrun with jihadists. What did we expect, that we’d go in there get rid of Saddam and fix the country and the entire Middle East? Well, yes, we did. It occurred to no one that the minute we left there would the Shiites and Sunnis, who’ve been fighting for centuries, would continue killing each other? It was a safer country under Saddam Hussein.
ISIS militants already control Fallujah, a city that American Marines took in 2004 in what was the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War. Now, with both Mosul and Fallujah under their control, nearly half of Iraq is in the grips of a group that is a formal affiliate of a terrorist group.
Equally troubling are the circumstances under which the city fell. Iraqi security personnel simply abandoned their posts, according to reports.
This is problematic for a host of reasons. First, it shows that the American-trained Iraqi military is not adequate. Second, Iraqi soldiers left their weapons behind – giving ISIS a huge cache of equipment.
But the most disturbing aspect of the desertion is what Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki proposed to replace the missing troops. In an address to the nation Tuesday, he called on Iraqi citizens to take up arms against ISIS in an attempt to retake the city.