"Despite recent security gains in Iraq, one important question remains: 'If American troops leave, is the Iraqi army ready to assume responsibility for the country's security?'"The unstated premise of Siegel's question is that American troops have brought security to Iraq. Let's just say that 5 years (and counting), 5 million refugees (and counting) and one million (and counting) dead Iraqis is one a hell of a legacy of security for the Iraqi army to maintain. No wonder Siegel questions whether it is up to the task.
The reduction of the eventual exit of American forces from Iraq (hopefully sooner rather than later) to just one question is pretty silly (and continues the McCain lie of selling of the Surge as some kind of great success). There are actually endless questions remaining; I'll suggest a few of the obvious:
- Will the people responsible for the war crime of invading Iraq ever be brought to justice?
- Will the US ever pay reparations for the destruction of infrastructure that it wreaked on Iraq?
- Will the corporations who swindled the US and Iraq out of "reconstruction" billions ever be held to account?
- How many foreign extremists have been created by the Iraq War?
- Will the US soldiers physically and psychologically wounded in Iraq ever receive the services they deserve?
- Will Baghdad ever be a religiously, ethnically mixed city again?
- How will the sectarian divides created by the US war play out in the next several years?
- Will the Shia-dominated government of Maliki seek to crush the Sunni minority once the US forces are gone?