A Pentagon report asserts Syria and Iran are providing assistance to those engaged in fighting in Iraq. About 90% of foreign fighters who are in Iraq crossed over from Syria and Iran is actively engaged in supplying military materials to Shiite militants. As those pressures impact the situation in Iraq, its own government is hampered by corruption and an inability to provide basic services to its people. The Pentagon report asserts Iran’s Revolutionary Gaurds still provide extensive military equipment to Shiite forces. Tehran insists it is merely providing aid requested by the Iraq government, but there is extensive evidence it is also aiding its fellow Shiites in their struggle against the government.
The report notes government corruption, a failed judicial and prison system, together with inability to provide services like electricity, are hampering efforts to restore law and order to the country. Auditors told Congress the Iraqi government isn’t even spending money obtained through sale of oil. The United States government is running a $400 billion deficit while the nation it is aiding has billions in surplus.
Supporters of the Bush policy of continuing the fight in Iraq refuse to confront basic issues of competency which hamper any American effort in Iraq. Until the Iraq government begins to function in an effective manner, the American military effort will fail to end militancy in the country.