A lot of people saw this coming and were correct about it. The policy to withdraw from Iraq post-haste left a vacuum in the balance of power that held the notion of a pluralistic state together by a thread. Now, let’s be realistic about those circumstances.
Iraq’s united federal republic was an attempt to coalesce ingredients that won’t mix. They are like a caustic brew of elements that are explosive on contact. In fact, “IED” should have been the nickname for the Iraqi government model. Here is why.
- Islam in its various sects are fundamentally flawed by failing to tolerate and accommodate non-believers — they don’t agree among themselves, much less among others.
- Islam is not alone with this flaw because there are other “religious” states that have the same problem.
- The first challenge in addressing this deficiency in Iraq is to lay it on the line to the Iraqi leaders and to the Iraqi citizens — adopting Islam as the pillar for government is wrong and should be abandoned.
- The simultaneous challenge is to convince citizens that a pluralistic approach that promotes equality, freedom, security, and opportunity for all is the way forward.
- Another challenge in Iraq is for the government leadership to embark on a program to engineer a sustainable economy that first leverages Iraq’s developed natural resources and then pursues discovery and development of others.
- To engineer a sustainable economy with immediate benefits to Iraqi citizens will require global business partners and investment. That cannot happen until there is security in Iraq.
- Securing Iraq requires pluralistic military teams that are committed to the ideal, and with the backing of specific partners and allies. There must be incentive for boots on the ground that is engineered as part of a comprehensive equation and solution for Iraq.
- Figure this out and apply it many times in many places throughout the Middle East.
In the meantime, Obama points to Yemen as the right strategy. That appears to be unfounded.
“White House touts crisis-gripped Yemen as ‘model’ for ISIS fight
THE WHITE HOUSE says the US counterterrorism strategy in Yemen is a ‘model’ for the fight against the Islamic State, despite the country being engulfed by a violent political crisis that led the Obama administration to urge American citizens to leave last week.””