During the surge we always maintained here that as soon as the American military presence in Iraq decreased, the jihad would resume. Only someone who doesn’t know anything about the belief-system of those who fight against Americans in Iraq, and who doesn’t believe that it is necessary to know anything about that belief system, and who makes all kinds of unwarranted assumptions about the motives and goals of those attacking us in that country, could possibly have ever thought otherwise. Unfortunately, such people fill the highest positions in Washington. And so here again comes the fruit of their misconceived and failed policies, and yet once again the response will almost certainly be to call for more of the same.
I am not saying that Americans troops should stay in Iraq indefinitely. I’m saying that the whole Iraq democracy project was foredoomed because of the Sharia imperative. And to think that we have in any way brought “stability” to Iraq at this point is to misdiagnose the problem there yet again, to ignore the depth and bitterness of the Sunni/Shi’ite divide, and to dismiss the lessons of history. But here again, that’s what’s they do every day in Washington.
“Attacks on Baghdad Green Zone Surge,” by Steven Lee Myers and Thom Shanker for the New York Times, September 29:
BAGHDAD — The heavily fortified Green Zone in Iraq’s capital has in recent weeks come under an intensifying barrage of rocket attacks, and a senior American military commander suggested Wednesday that Iranian-backed militias were behind the attacks in an effort to influence the formation of a new Iraqi government.
The attacks — 23 in the past month, including 2 on Wednesday — have alarmed American officials and raised questions about the ability of Iraq’s security forces to stamp out attacks on the capital’s governmental and diplomatic core.
They have coincided with President Obama’s declaration of the end of the American combat mission here on Aug. 31 and the fitful, convoluted negotiations among Iraq’s major political blocs to choose a new prime minister and thus a new government….
“It’s very difficult to do diplomacy and development without adequate security,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at a conference on Tuesday in Washington, though she did not directly address the recent attacks.
“So as our troops go out of Iraq, which is the plan, then we have to figure out how do we provide enough of a security envelope for our diplomats and our development experts to do the work that we’re now asking them to do.”…
Good luck with that.