Is It Time To Leave Iraq?

The Russians are everywhere these days and now they are meddling with things in both Iraq and Syria. It is particularly disturbing that they are starting to gain a foothold in Iraq when, last I remember, no Russian soldiers died toppling Sadam’s oppressive regime and they have not poured trillions of dollars into the country either. It surprises me that we continue to even support this country anymore with the way they shift allegiances with the wind.

How do they pay us back for all that we did for them? Just last week they tried to divert the flight of Joint Chief’s Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford. It was a huge slap in the face for us after all we have done to try and help this country along into the modern day world of political freedom. It’s no secret that our strategy there is not working because of the sectarian violence that the predominately Shiite government continues to fan and the way their Army chooses to run when faced with a fight.

Apparently, General Dunford’s flight across the country was asked to divert because of problems with the flight plan; but, it’s more likely because the Iraqi’s felt snubbed by the general proceeding directly to the Kurdish controlled city of Irbil in Northern Iraq. It is a fine way of showing thanks to a country that has kept you from being overrun by ISIS and continues to prop you up with billions of dollars of both economic and military support.

IraqThe incident with the general is not the only huge snub that has happened in the last few months either. Iran’s disturbing new influence over the government of Iraq and in the region has to be a concern for us too. All this as we sit down and negotiate with Iran over their nuclear weapons program and lift the sanctions against them; God forbid they ever get a working nuclear bomb in Iran. I don’t even want to get started there.

The fact that Iranian-backed Shiite militias are leading the fight against ISIS now is very alarming indeed and, once again, they did this behind our back. Add to that the fact that they also now have a working agreement with Iran, Russia and Syria to share intelligence (again, done behind our back) and you can see where all this is heading. They have even said they would welcome Russia’s bombing of ISIS in their country. Personally, I don’t like it when a country says thank you for your money but shows no respect after you give it to them; but it does not seem to bother our politicians or president.

I say it’s time to wake up. We are not blameless for the problems in Iraq for sure. Our vision for the country is clearly not working and the Iraqi government neither seems to listen to us or be influenced by us anymore. Let the Iranian’s and Russian’s spend their money there. It is time for us to get out of there and quit wasting precious lives and money; we have bridges to fix here, homeless people to shelter and lots of other problems that need to be attended to right at home. We need to stop giving our money away to countries that no longer respect us like they should.

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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  1. Sorry Craig. Not your best stuff. Iraq is way more complex than you paint it in your piece, and so is the situation between the coalition and Russia. Some in Iraq should be grateful. Others less so. Gratitude is often situational dependent and the situation changes daily in that part of the world. America is unlikely to gain in popularity by telling people like the Iraqis that they are ingrates.

    As to abandoning the mission in Iraq, we should probably have stayed home in the first place. But we didn’t and now arguably have ongoing skin in the game.

    As to leaving it to Russia, Afghan modern history shows that Russia is no better at resolving centuries old problems than we are. If we go, they won’t stay much longer. They are in Syria to protect their military base and to cause us pain. It is arguable that our presenc in the region causes Russia pain, just as our relationship with old client states like the Ukraine causes Russia pain.

    Think about that before advocating a cut and run approach. You may still come to the same conclusion, but you will hav considered a few more dimensions to th situation in the process.

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