In their article “Iraq’s implosion could redraw Middle East boundaries“, Reuters goes into a brief explanation of why the insurgents are proving so effective against the million man American trained Iraqi Army. Seems it’s because they are having few problems recruiting disaffected soldiers and officers from Saddam Hussein’s army.
“In fact, the most important development about ISIL in the last year is its ability to recruit former officers and soldiers of the dissolved Iraqi army. If you observe how ISIL has been waging war you see a skilled mini army, confident, that has command and control, is motivated and using war tactics.”
The ISIL advance has been joined by former Baathist officers who were loyal to Saddam as well as disaffected armed groups and tribes who want to topple Maliki. So far the towns and cities that have fallen to the militants have been Sunni.
The million-strong Iraqi army, by contrast, trained by the United States at a cost of more than $20bn, is hobbled by low morale and corruption that impedes its supply lines.
Its effectiveness is hurt by a perception among Sunnis that it pursues the hostile interests of the Shi’ites, a majority in Iraq, raised to power by the U.S. led invasion of 2003.
No thanks to former President George W Bush and his lackeys on the scene in Iraq who dissolved Hussein’s army and left totally out in the cold. A lot of pundits and strategists at the time suggested that this was a bad idea…and now they’ve been proven correct. But the GOP in Washington instead attack President Obama for being weak in Iraq…in a situation that he and we shouldn’t even be facing.
We need to remember who the real culprits are here…the vindictive members of Bush II’s administration.