Iraqi PM: US aid needed to battle al-Qaida
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bloody resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq is prompting Baghdad to ask the U.S. for more weapons, training and manpower, two years after pushing American troops out of the country.
The request will be discussed during a White House meeting Friday between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Barack Obama in what Baghdad hopes will be a fresh start in a complicated relationship that has been marked both by victories and frustrations for each side.
Al-Maliki will discuss Iraq’s plight in a public speech Thursday at the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington.
“We know we have major challenges of our own capabilities being up to the standard. They currently are not,” Lukman Faily, the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. “We need to gear up, to deal with that threat more seriously. We need support and we need help.” SOURCE
According to this source the United States military lost 4,486 troops in Iraq between 2003 and now.
That does not take into consideration those that were wounded, many of which were horribly mangled, dismembered and burned and will never fully recover from their experience in Iraq.
If you are a long time reader of this blog you already know how I feel about our war in Iraq, but just in case you’re not familiar; here’s MY opinion of Iraq, our war efforts there and everyone that calls Iraq home.
Iraq was a waste of fine young American lives, untold BILLIONS of our tax dollars and a total waste of time and effort if the original story can be seen as accurate and was the most unnecessary endeavor that we could have taken on, and for that I point a finger straight at former President George W. Bush.
Personally, I didn’t care how many of his own people Saddam killed. I didn’t care if he had these *WMDs* that were so much in the news, you see, those WMDs were NO THREAT to us, Saddam didn’t have a delivery system that was capable of striking America.
If some terror group or radical Muslim group wants to do harm to the USA, they won’t be bringing ricin or sarin into America, they will be manufacturing it right here IN America and delivering it directly into an air system or some other means of mass dispersal.
Further; long before the U.S. military pulled out of Iraq I made it clear, on this blog, that as soon as we were gone the forces of al-Qaida would immediately step up and restart their operations and that Iraq would fall to an assault by al-Qaida without U.S. help.
I also made the prediction that Iraq would be begging the USA for help, arms, munition, logistics and troops and that sometime in a very few years that we, the USA, would once again find ourselves involved in what is, in ALL truth and reality, nothing more than a civil war between warring religious factions.
Civil War n.
1. A war between factions or regions of the same country.
2. A state of hostility or conflict between elements within an organization.
Those of you that know me already know this, I am NOT anti-war, not if I feel that we, as a nation, are threatened, but for the life of me, I can’t see how a power struggle between warring religious factions in Iraq presents any kind of clear and present danger to the United States.
In Iraq, Sunni attacks spark Shiite calls to arms
BAGHDAD (AP) - The wave of attacks by al-Qaida-led Sunni extremists that has killed thousands of Iraqis this year, most of them Shiites, is provoking ominous calls from Shiite leaders to take up arms in self-defense.
They generally insist they’ll do it legally, under the banner of the security forces. But Iraq’s young democracy is still struggling, nearly two years after U.S. troops withdrew, and the specter of armed Shiite and Sunni camps revives memories of the sectarian fighting that took the country to the brink of civil war in the mid-2000s. SOURCE
For ANYONE to call Iraq a *young democracy* is, to me, a clear sign that the writer has NO idea regarding Islam and democracy; think oil and water.
And once again I say this; IF we re-involve our troops in Iraq we will lose American lives, we WILL lose untold BILLIONS of our tax dollars, dollars that we just don’t have, and IF, at some point in the future we were dis-involve ourselves from Iraq, in a matter of a very short time the Iraqis will soon be screaming for help once again as they are over-run buy Islamic extremists.
Iraq kicked the United States OUT of their country, they made it very plain that they didn’t need nor want our help, so why should we go back to a nation that will undoubtedly once again bite the hand that feeds it as soon as they feel their position has improved?
I should have been one of those Intelligence analyst guys…