Iraq Failed, Not US

As we all recall,it was in 2003 that American forces plunged into the mess in Iraq in order to bring the gift of democracy to people who had been living under one form or another of dictatorship since given their independence from England. There is no need to once again go into the ignorance of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld fiasco. Few in leadership positions in the American government had the slightest grasp of Iraq politics, let alone the difference between Shiite and Sunni religious enemies. Actually, at one point during the famous, Surge, Americans got it right and supported Sunni “Awakening Councils” which played a major role in defeating al-Qaeda. In other words, the US DID get it right.

So, Americans allowed an election, and since Shiites are the majority faction in Iraq, a Shiite became prime minister. Prime Minister Maliki was urged to create a coalition government that included Sunni leaders, especially those who were in the Awakening Council and hated al-Qaeda. So, what did Maliki do? He launched an attack on Sunni leaders, and the end result is that those who were ready to work with him, now work with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL.

Yesterday, ISIL seized control of a college near Ramadi and dozens of students are hostages. This entire mess is the fault of Iraqis, it is the fault of Shiite leaders. So, for once, please don’t blame George Bush, he made enough mistakes to last a lifetime.