Thursday, June 19, 2014
Iraq comes full circle
It is being reported that some Baath military men, former Saddam Hussein loyalists, are helping ISIS. This certainly explains their strategic acquisition of so much land in Syria and Iraq so fast.
From NYTimes -- Many of the former regime loyalists, including intelligence officers and Republican Guard soldiers — commonly referred to as the “deep state” in the Arab world — belong to a group called the Men of the Army of the Naqshbandia Order, often referred to as J.R.T.N., the initials of its Arabic name. The group announced its establishment in 2007, not long after the execution of Mr. Hussein, and its putative leader, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, was one of Mr. Hussein’s most trusted deputies and the highest-ranking figure of the old regime who avoided capture by the Americans.
This is a perfect example of why we don't need to involve ourselves in the long term, in any third-world, Islamic shit-holes. The military guys we work with cannot be trusted from one day to the next, much less years. One day they're our friend, the next our enemy, but now heavily armed with high-tech weapons we gave them and taught them to use.
How perfect a circle will it have been if this ass-hole ends up being Iraq's next dictator? The world will get the same Iraq it had a decade ago, but the US will be 2 trillion dollars and like 4,500 lives poorer.