On October 3, Blogcritics published my article titled, Why Do Politicians (of Both Parties) Think They Know More About Fighting a War Than the Military? One of its themes was how politicians have more and more gotten involved in how a war is to be fought. In the article I cited Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz and what he said about war being an extension of politics.
Well, now we have proof that both von Clausewitz and I (though I am not comparing myself to von Clausewitz) are correct.
On Friday, October 21, 2011, President Barack Obama declared the Iraq war to be over. Obama announced, “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.” He did not acknowledge the negotiations with Iraq about whether to keep U.S. forces there. The Iraq war, first started during the George W. Bush administration to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction (WMD), lasted nearly nine years and killed nearly 4,500 Americans since the U.S. invaded Iraq in March, 2003.
What about Iraq’s future without U.S. forces? As the U.S. withdraws its soldiers from Iraq, Iraqis could revert to settling their political disputes in the streets, says Diyala province Governor Abdul-Nasser al-Mahdwe. And there is still the Sunni, Shi’ite, and Kurdish population problem. For example, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shi’ite-led governing coalition took Diyala deputy governor, Mohammad Hussein al-Joubouri, a Sunni, and nothing has been heard since.
Does Obama think, just because he made an announcement that U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq by year’s end, that fighting will cease, that Iran will cease its terrorist activities, and that all will be just “hunky dorey?” I don’t think that even Obama is that naïve. If he is then this country is in REAL trouble.
What will happen at the end of 2011? Why can’t Iran and al Queda now just wait until year’s end, then resume (or escalate) their activities? And, on another issue, those of you who don’t think Iran is in Iraq should read this article. Those who deny that al Queda is in Iraq should read this article. Further, those who think the Iran-al Queda connection is bogus should read this article.
The problems that plague Iraq will not cease to exist or just go away simply because Obama declared the war to be over. His declaration is planting the seeds of another war. If the military, I contend, could fight a war without politicians’ intervention, then a lasting peace could be established. Future politicians, knowing that they risk all, would be very hesitant to start anything.
But that’s just my opinion.