Iraq Is Won. Time To Shift Back To Afghanistan.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Biden, Iran, Iraq, Military, Pakistan, Terrorism, The War On Terrorism, The World, Video, War

An interesting moment from yesterday’s testimony with Biden, Petraeus and Crocker.

And while some on the left and the right have been trying to make hay out of this, the segment does have my wondering why, if our highest priority targets are in Afghanistan, that we’re not trying to destroy them.

I understand we think we have an obligation to the Iraqi people, but after Maliki’s recent U.S. aided power grab last week, it seems like we’re wasting our time and we need to start going after al Qaeda again. Because as Confederate Yankee points out…

what Crocker actually told Biden is that our military had severely damaged the operational capabilities of al Qaeda in Iraq (by 75-percent in the last year alone, according to the Iraqi Interior Ministry) and knocked it into a defensive posture where it is far less of a threat.

How much less of a threat?

According to StrategyPage.com, Osama bin Laden admitted defeat in Iraq on Oct 22, 2007, a sentiment that Marine Colonel Richard Simcock shared contemporaneously as it related to al Qaeda’s former strongholds in al Anbar in specific. Battered, tattered, and lethally-harassed by coalition soldiers at night and former Sunni Iraqi allies during the day, al Qaeda’s morale in Iraq is crushed, along with most of it’s capabilities.

Thanks to Iraqi and coalition efforts, Al Qaeda in Iraq is beaten, fragmented, and on the verge of a final collapse, according to the terror organization itself. With this enemy almost defeated, it is only common sense that Crocker would select the remaining al Qaeda hiding along the Afghan-Pakistani border as being the greater threat.

This is GREAT news, and what it means is we should shift focus, yes? I doubt Confederate Yankee would agree with this conclusion, but if we’ve “won” in Iraq what are we still doing there?

Simply put, if this really is a war on terrorism, we need to target the terrorists…not take part in one nation building exercise after another. I know many are concerned with Iran, but that’s a diplomatic mission and I think everybody knows this by now. Having troops in a neighboring country doesn’t do anything for us at this point. Actually, I think it only exacerbates any ill will because the threat is always, “You’re next.” It can’t be all stick and no carrot. The world knows we can organize our forces in a matter of weeks and pound nearly any country into oblivion.

Iraq is won. Time to shift back to Afghanistan.


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3 Responses to “Iraq Is Won. Time To Shift Back To Afghanistan.”

  1. Bob Owens Says:

    “This is GREAT news, and what it means is we should shift focus, yes? I doubt Confederate Yankee would agree with this conclusion, but if we’ve ‘won’ in Iraq what are we still doing there?”

    Obviously Justin, you aren’t paying attention.

    al Qaeda is all but destroyed in Iraq, but they are not the only force attempting to destabilize the country… or have you just been purposefully ignoring Iran and Syria’s meddling? Part of our job in Iraq is to help rebuild their society and provide them with a measure of security. As we destroyed their previous society, it is our moral obligation to do so.

    It is also a practical imperative from a national security standpoint, as most security experts from within our own nation, our allies, our enemies and even within Barack Obama’s own foreign policy team recognize that the headlong withdrawal favored by many liberals is likely to lead to a failed state and a wider regional war which would cause extreme uncertainty regarding oil supplies coming from the Persian Gulf.

    You think our current economic correction is serious? Imagine the global ripple effect of a full-fledged “tanker war” that has Iran shooting across the Persian Gulf at Saudi Arabia while oil fields in Iraq and Kuwait burn. That is the scenario that is emerging as the consensus probability among experts if we pull out of Iraq leaving a security vacuum that Sunni and Shia neighbors will try to clumsily fill in their own national interests.

    So many Democrats are so focused on pulling out of Iraq to defeat Bush that they fail to see the long term consequences for that nation, our own, and the global economy.

    Perhaps it is time to start thinking beyond Jan 20, 2009, and with a tiny bit more maturity about the increasing peril your suggestions would create.

  2. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    why, if our highest priority targets are in Afghanistan, that we’re not trying to destroy them.

    Because they are actually in Pakistan.

  3. Rob Says:

    Wow… seriously how many days ago was Iraq a lost cause? Now we’ve won?

    That should tell you that everything you’ve been hearing from the major channels is either inaccurate, half-truths or out-right deception. Come on, where’s the critical thinking?

    I temper WaPo, the NYTimes, and NPR with Michael Totten and Bill Roggio.

    Iraq is improving slowly but surely. There’s definitely some serious problems, but they’re being dealt with successfully so far. And the Iraqi military and police are really beginning to demonstrate competence as is their government at most levels. They’re not up to standards we’d expect of american troops or government, but they’re still encouraging. And though they’re still not ready to go it alone, we’re starting to see an end to this fiasco.

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