Many wondered what the Iraqis would do with the functioning, if sputtering democracy that was left to them after American troops completed their withdrawal.
It didn’t take long to find out that, in Iraq at least, the Arab power-challenge dialectic has deep roots:
An Iraqi judicial committee has issued an arrest warrant for the [...]
Ali Musa Daqduq is a Lebanese national and Hezbollah agent responsible for the 2007 kidnapping and murder of five American servicemen in Iraq. He’s been a prisoner there since early 2008, held in US custody. The US government turned custody of Daqduq over to the Iraqis, who declined to consent to his transfer out [...]
Lion 6 hauls down the battle flag in Iraq:
After nearly nine years of war, tens of thousands of casualties—including 4,500 dead—and more than $800 billion spent, the U.S. military on Thursday formally ended its mission in Iraq and prepared to leave the country.
For years, commanders in Iraq have handed off to their [...]
President Obama said all the right words during Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki’s visit to the White House this week:
On Monday, the Obama administration announced plans to sell an additional 18 F-16 jets to Iraq to patrol its vulnerable airspace, raising the total to be sold to 36 for about $5.3 billion.
Both leaders [...]
The final 20,000 US soldiers will leave Iraq late next month. They go wondering whether they will be treated to some sort of spectacular attack, and whether any of it will have made a difference.
Meanwhile, for those they leave behind – especially those who grew up knowing little but tyranny and war – [...]
Writing in the WSJ yesterday, Max Boot bewails our president’s insufficient engagement with the Iraqi government on the status of US forces remaining in theater after the 2011 draw-down deadline negotiated by his predecessor:
The recent negotiations were jinxed from the start by the insistence of State Department and Pentagon lawyers that any immunity [...]
We spent eight years, close to a trillion dollars, and the lives of 4000 US servicemen to change Iraq from a national security threat into a weakly functioning democracy in the Arab Middle East. At least 100,000 Iraqi citizens lost their lives in that transition. We had the opportunity to establish an toehold in [...]
Although official White House and DoD spokesmen have taken pains to state that no final decision has been made on the number of US troops to remain in Iraq after the 2011 deadline for their withdrawal has elapsed, the writing on the wall is nevertheless pretty clear:
An Obama administration proposal to keep a [...]
The Iraqi Air Force is set to receive their first tranche of the latest block F-16 Fighting Falcon:
Iraq has finalized a deal to buy advanced U.S. fighter jets, the first step toward building a modern postwar air force, officials said.
Iraq has yet to publicly announce completion of the deal to buy 18 [...]
The executive editor of the New York Times is leaving his head shed position and going back to the op-ed ranks. Today he spent nearly 3500 words lamenting his part in facilitating the “mad rush to war” in Iraq (I remember it differently).
Somehow, he appears to think that any of what he said [...]