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Senior Iraqi general says country isn’t ready to take over from Americans

Lieutenant General wants US army to stay beyond 2011 deadline


 

In a defense conference held in Baghdad today, Iraq’s army chief said that the Iraqi army is not ready to take over until 2020. “If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the U.S. army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020,” said Lieutenant General Babakir Zebari, reported The Guardian. Zebari has said that his army would be unable to cope if the Americans left before, but the timing of his statement was notable given Barack Obama’s withdrawal commitment in 2011. Obama’s goal is to be down to 50,000 troops by Sept. 1 and hand over military responsibility to the Iraqi government by the end of August 2011.

This week, Obama was briefed by the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Ray Odierno, who said that American forces were on target for withdrawal dates. Last night, the President affirmed that the withdrawal date was acceptable. Violence in Iraq had been lower than in 2006-2007, but this July saw a marked increase in the number of civilian deaths from bombings, shootings and other attacks.

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Senior Iraqi general says country isn’t ready to take over from Americans

  1. “If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the U.S. army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020,”

    Sorry buddy, I don't think Obama gives a flying leap about what happens to Iraq. He cares about getting his base out to vote, and they hate the US presence there regardless of whether it's helping or hurting.

  2. Iraq is not ready and will never be ready because the puppet regime installed by Washington will fall the minute the U.S. leaves and a new Iraqi administration will come in that will make Saddam look like a Boy Scout. The U. S. has alienated the population, killed hundreds of thousands of innocents, destroyed infrastructure and essentially broke the Country , but they saved the oil. They are just as hated in Afghanistan. But that is another story , sort of.

  3. Forget all the what-if geopolitical rammifications. This is just business 101.

    Negotiating tactic on the part of the Iraqi general, I’d do the same thing — bargain for either far more time and commitment from someone else than my bottom-line actually dictated, and/or a higher sales price to up the profit margin.

    The longer the US stays in Iraq, the more connected Iraqis (in addition to private US contractors) can milk and bilk contracts. This Iraqi general knows what Vespasian knew, money doesn’t smell regardless of the source.

    As to Obama’s ‘base’ demanding withdrawal from Iraq, forget about it. They were bought off with the Mar. 2009 $800 billion plus domestic debt spending package, and continue to have their buy-me-off hand out. And Obama continues to fill it. So Obamalove will continue to sing the “Bush made/makes him do it”

    song re Iraq and Afghanistan. Obamalove is joined at the hip with Bush/Cheney neocon warmongers over Iraq and Afghanistan. They despise each other but both are getting their debt spending quid pro quo.

    The only thing that will increase support to shorten the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is worsening of an already-bad economy in the US. Not surprisingly, both of those wars brought that about.