May 25, 2015 9:30 am -


“They have no will to fight,” says Ash Carter. Why should we do what Iraq’s own troops won’t? Why should we defend a country that refuses to defend itself? In short, why should we stay the course there?

What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight, they withdrew from the site,” Carter, who was appointed earlier this year, told CNN in scathing commentary.

“We can give them training, we can give them equipment – we obviously can’t give them the will to fight,” Carter said, adding that he still hopes that US training and support will bear some fruit over time, as “only if they fight” can Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) be defeated.

However, Hakim Al-Zamili [pictured], the head of Iraq’s parliamentary defense and security committee, dismissed Carter’s claims as “unrealistic and baseless.”

“The US failed to provide good equipment, weapons and aerial support,” Al-Zamili told AP. “The US is trying to deflect the blame.”

How’s that for gratitude? It’s time for the United States to pick up its balls and bats and come home.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

4 responses to U.S. SecDef Blasts Iraqi Troops; Iraq Blames U.S.

  1. allison1050 May 25th, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Well, Cheney and Jr. did disband their military and in turn trained the new military for 10 years but the Song Bird is still trying to make up for the war he missed out on.

    • bpollen May 25th, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      It’s not a shutout, but the US is WAAAAY ahead on points~!

  2. robert May 25th, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    i guess this clown from iraq is saying Its perfectly normal to strip off your military uniform and find a hiding place or join the other side.

    why argue about air strikes,tanks and military training He’s obviously with the gop in denial

  3. CHOCOL8MILK May 26th, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I agree with what Ash Carter stated, in that the Iraqi forces “have no will to fight”. The problem is most of us U.S. military personell who have served in Iraq or in Kuwait before/during/after this whole stupid invasion of Iraq know this truth.

    It’s a shame that a U.S. government offical has finally recognized what most of us knew. Sadly, the U.S. invasion of Iraq created ISIS.

    The Iraqi military is filled with corruption, that is a fact. If a solder in that military wants leave or special treatment, bribary is the way it is handled-this is a fact.

    Fundamentalist nut jobs are coming into their towns. Hmmm…Iraqi solders will fight for a low paying job and a corrupt system or go home to their famalies so they are not raped/killed? Hmmm easy choice….family wins over protecting a corrupt government that will NOT protect a solders family in a war zone.

    The Iraqi forces will never show a will to fight until their forces interests are protected. Our government has created a Cluster Fluff in that country…people continue to die there. Yes Americans die there still….but the dead in Iraqi civilians is sickening; I wonder how much money the war profeteers made off of this bullshitz and are continuing on making.