The Iraq blame game is underway
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s attitude in demanding more help in the fight against an Islamic State terrorist army should worry U.S. officials and their counterparts in the 24 other countries that have been aiding Iraq.
During a visit to an international conference in Paris recently, al-Abadi implied “setbacks” in the war against ISIS are the fault of everyone but his government and army.
“Arms and ammunition, we haven’t seen much. Almost none. We’re relying on ourselves,” al-Abadi complained. In response, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken pledged the coalition will “redouble our efforts.”
It may be a fair question to ask how much military hardware the coalition has provided to Iraq. But at first glance, it would seem the Iraqis are not just “relying on ourselves.”
U.S. and other coalition warplanes have provided more than 4,100 air strikes against ISIS. As far as equipment goes, the Iraqi army would have more if it had not abandoned dozens of U.S. vehicles, including M1A1 tanks, in fleeing Ramadi without a fight.
Meanwhile, as The Associated Press reported, efforts to lessen sectarian tension among Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Iraqi armed forces have stalled in that country’s legislature.
Members of Congress should look into al-Abadi’s complaints.
If they are valid, more weapons and ammunition should be provided.
If they are not, U.S. policy in Iraq should be re-examined.