In the glorious year of our Lord, 2003 we as a nation took it upon ourselves to invade then occupy a sovereign nation, Iraq………the invasion was based on a collection of circumstances, right or wrong, that made it imperative that the nation should be invaded and its leader, Saddam, killed. And so it began.
Once GW had declared that we had won the war we set about doing what we do best……f*cking up a wet dream. Early on then Sen. Biden suggested that Iraq should be divided into 3 states, a federal type of country, divided along Sunni, Shi’a and Kurd lines.
Of course he caught flack over his proposal………as the ‘victory’ dragged on and violence was a daily occurrence it became clear that the 3 state thing may not be as bad as once thought. But still there was no movement to set this up and as the idea stalled the sectarian violence grew…..no region was exempt.
While the US struggled to get a handle on the violence the Kurds were quietly setting up their own little state within a state…….as the relative calm of the Kurdish region was noticed the government slowly started seeing that they became their own little state to include an off hand recognition by the US.
Obama once elected seem to imply that we had won….again and since no deal was finalized the US forces starting leaving…..as Obama had promised during his campaign. As we left the violence started all over again and within this violence emerged ISIS.
Once ISIS, which started its push in Syria, got its toehold the violence was back and with a vengeance…..once it, ISIS, created the humanitarian crisis with the Yazidis the US sprang into action and we were off to the races in Iraq……again!
That brief history of the Iraq situation has been brought to you by the ‘geniuses’ within the State and Defense Departments.
There is a reason that I have regurgitated the events in Iraq……what Joe Biden had proposed in 2004 (?) may be what will actually happen……..Jason Ditz reported on Antiwar.com……..
In an attempt to limit the prospects for overseas meddling, US law requires foreign military aid to be delivered direct to host countries, as opposed to just any old armed faction the US wants to throw weapons at.
That might seem like a straightforward rule, but House Republicans are seeing a pretty straightforward way to circumvent it, announcing their intention to declare Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as some Iraqi Sunni Arab militias, as “countries” of their own for the sake of aid shipments.
The latest defense bill includes $715 million in military aid to Iraq to fight ISIS, and seeks to give 25% of that to the Kurdish Peshmerga and a series of Sunni factions, some of which haven’t even been created yet.
What Mr. Ditz is talking about is the new U.S. National Defense Authorization Bill which, in Section 1223, calls for the recognition of Sunni and Kurdish militias as “a country” for direct armament and assistance………..in essence it breaks Iraq into parts, the Sunni, the Kurd and the Shi’a who already get millions for being the official national government.
I believe that this move flies in the face of the whole “Iraqi unity” thing…..by that I mean the existence of Iraq as a single country.
Could this be the beginning of Iraq as a single nation? Is this interfering with Iraqi political atmosphere?
Could it be a trial run for financing conflicts worldwide? Is it an expansion of American interventionism?
The big question is…..who will benefit the most with this attempt?
These are questions that need asking……these are question whose answers will never see the light of day.
What international relations could not do…..the US budget will do…….add fuel to the fire of the destruction of Iraq…….the nation of Iraq teeters on the edge of destruction and if it falls apart then the world cannot place all the blame on the people……for the US Congress will be more to blame than anything the Iraqi people may have done.