|Blood Years: Islamic State and the
Failures of the War on Terror
by David Kilcullen as reviewed in economist.com and financial times.com/
|I. Donald Rumsfeld
A. Decides a "light footprint" with few troops to build Iraq was appropriate.
B. Made qualified middle class unemployable
1. Disbanded predominately Sunni Iraq army
2. Disbanded the ruling Sunni Baath Party
II. Mr. Bush's 2007 troop surge negated al-Qaeda led sectarian bloodletting and
Iraq building moved forward
III. Mr. Obama began moving US troops out in late 2011 after Iraq refused to extend
the legal status of American Troops.
IV. Mr. al-Maliki returned to his Shia sectarian ways
A. Promises made to Sunnis were ignored
B. He hollowed out the mostly Sunni Iraq Army trained and equipped with 26 billion
US dollars creating a corrupt praetorian guard
C. A resurgent al-Qaeda corrupted Sunni minority and by 2013 violence had significantly expanded
V. A Sunni dominated al-Qaeda facing an Shia Iraqi Army unwilling to fight for Sunni cities
morphed into Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and then to IS.
VI. Mr. Obama changed and didn't back his no gas red line ultimatum.
|Editor's Note: It is impossible\to find an
unprejudiced opinion on such a controversial topic.
Mr. Kilcullen has a very optimistc view of Iraq after the surge and what would have happened
had Obama punished Bashar al-Assad for crossing the RED LINE. Apparently Mr. Kilcullen feels
results in Iraq would not be like coalition failures in Afghanistan and Libya, Russia's failure in Afghanistan,
US and French failures in Vietnam... In Korea we repelled the North Koreans who had taken over much of
South Koran but attempts into push North Koran were repelled. Eisenhower, like Obama, felt it was time to
fold and we quickly left Korea. Those who disagree compare Syria in 2016 with IS, to the unknown.