In 2011, President Obama withdrew all US forces from Iraq, except for a couple of hundred Marines, military advisors, defense contractors, etc. However, it wasn’t long before Obama started ramping up American presence again, via temporary deployments as well as other means. It only accelerated in 2014, after the Islamic State’s blitz through Iraq. Currently, the US government has blown through even its self-imposed cap of about 3,870 troops, with an already acknowledged five thousand American military personnel in Iraq now. That’s another lazy half-measure, just like the disjointed try to combat the Taliban, from the US president who’s never issued a coherent strategy for fighting terrorism.
The very essence of the problem is that, as we should have learnt, victory is far more complicated than just adding firepower. Extra forces will do little to ameliorate the current terrorism issue, coming primarily from homegrown jihad in European neighborhoods. As for Iraq itself, the Islamic State can be defeated as this terrorist organization has lost approximately 22% of its Iraqi territory for the last fifteen months. However, nothing will change without strong institutions as well as political stability.
If you are eager to see what the polar opposite of that looks like, you require spending just a couple of minutes to observe the Iraqi parliament. Now, let’s have this statement retracted. You can’t actually observe the Iraqi parliament now simply because it’s been suspended. Salim al Jabouri, the speaker,, made the decision after disputatious MPs voted to depose him. Besides this, there’s been quarreling over whether the vote was valid enough or not. According to Jabouri, the parliament, will remain shuttered until further notice.
Jabouri had good reason to doubt as for his governing body’s efficiency. Recently, Iraq’s parliament has been a mess, culminating in a fistfight the previous week between Kurdish and Shiite lawmakers. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Haider al Abadi intended to replace his patronage-heavy cabinet, already regarded as incompetent by many citizens of Iraq. The cabinet was expected to be replaced by a neutral team of experts.
It was rather a valiant objective. For a long time Iraq was considered to be the seventh most corrupt country in the world, in this regard teamed up with a failed state Libya and heavily affected by the civil war South Sudan. Previous attempts to tackle corruption have turned to be unsuccessful.
In 2011, President Obama withdrew all US forces from Iraq, except for a couple of hundred Marines, military advisors, defense contractors, etc. However, it wasn’t long before Obama started ramping up American presence again, via temporary deployments as well as other means. It only accelerated in 2014, after the Islamic State’s blitz through Iraq.