I keep hearing from administration supporters that the Iraqi people are happy we’re there. And we all keep hearing about the violence. I presume that part of the reason the Iraqi people are happy we’re there is because of the violence, and that we’re helping to quash the violent elements when we can.
[Side Note: I’ve mentioned before a disconnect in the president’s stated reasoning. 1) We’re there to help the Iraqi people. 2) We’re fighting the terrorists there so we don’t have to fight them here. Those two thoughts are quite incompatible, because if we are choosing where to have the fight, and we are attracting the terrorists and their ilk to Iraq, then we have put this fight in their backyard. How is that helping? I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine which of the incompatible statements is false, or perhaps even both are false. But I digress.]
I’m not completely sure what the plan is in Iraq. But we’re getting ready to draw down troops. And it seems to me like we’re going to have to leave that country with plenty of ongoing violence to deal with.
I don’t know what you’re reading, but what I’m reading is that the violence is not decreasing. If anything, it seems to me like it is increasing. I don’t think anyone has a plan to “win” this war in the way you defeat an enemy, declare peace and move on. Which means that, as we leave, even assuming we’re leaving a capable Iraqi army behind, we’re leaving them with an ongoing war. We’re leaving a new country with a war that we haven’t been able to successfully fight.
And there are questions about whether we are going to be able to leave behind a capable Iraqi army.
Our recent advice to them, through our executive branch? “Get governing.”