Five things that won’t work in Iraq; When at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail again

(From TomDispatch)

By Peter Van Buren

In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several changes of government, spent trillions of dollars, and was involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. None of those efforts were a success by any conceivable definition of the term Washington has been capable of offering.

Fighting in Ramadi

Fighting in Ramadi

Nonetheless, it’s the American Way to believe with all our hearts that every problem is ours to solve and every problem must have a solution, which simply must be found. As a result, the indispensable nation faces a new round of calls for ideas on what “we” should do next in Iraq.

With that in mind, here are five possible “strategies” for that country on which only one thing is guaranteed: none of them will work. Read more

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  • mulga mumblebrain

    The US hasn’t been ‘at war’ with Iraq since 1990. It has been in the process of destroying Iraq, in pursuit of the infamous Oded Yinon ‘Zionist Plan for the Middle East’, that envisaged the destruction of Israel’s Islamic neighbours and their breaking up into powerless statelets along sectarian and tribal lines, explicitly starting with Iraq. That process has been clear US policy since the illegal aggression of 2003.