2014 June 19 Thursday
Time For US Military Advisors In Iraq?

Persian advisors not good enough? Say it ain't so. Obama Weighs Sending Special Forces to Iraq as Advisers. Did you know that the US sent its first military advisors to South Vietnam in in 1950? That early! I did not know. It was known as he United States Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG), Vietnam. MAAG-V. Time for MAAG-I. Awesome! It is worth noting that US advisors were working in Iraq before the US withdrew.

A great battle is waging in Iraq: Fight for control of Iraq refinery continues as Obama is set to speak. Hey Barack, draw some inspiration from LBJ. Lyndon Baines Johnson famously said:

"...the eyes of the nation and the eyes of the entire world, the eyes of all of history itself, are on that little brave band of defenders who hold the pass at Khe Sanh..."

That little brave band of defenders had an awesome amount of firepower at their disposal. But they were famously fighting the wrong battle as the North Vietnamese geared up for the Tet Offensive.

Reading the news the last few days also reminded me of another important turn of events in the US war in Vietnam: The US support for a coup against South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem.

Washington D.C., November 5, 2003 - A White House tape of President Kennedy and his advisers, published this week in a new book-and-CD collection and excerpted on the Web, confirms that top U.S. officials sought the November 1, 1963 coup against then-South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem without apparently considering the physical consequences for Diem personally (he was murdered the following day). The taped meeting and related documents show that U.S. officials, including JFK, vastly overestimated their ability to control the South Vietnamese generals who ran the coup 40 years ago this week.

US Senators, neocon and liberal war columnists and assorted political appointees are clowns who are in way over their heads as they try to fit Iraq into their (really incomplete) models of human nature.

Iraqi Factions Jockey to Oust Maliki, Citing U.S. Support. David Ignatius says The plan for saving Iraq begins by ousting Maliki. A man with really bad judgment agrees: John McCain calls for US military intervention in Iraq, wants Maliki to resign. California Senator Dianne Feinstein, also one with bad judgment, calls for Maliki to go. Why are they saying this? They still think they can create a unified Iraqi state in the face of the tribal and religious bonds which can only be overcome with a strongman like Saddam Hussein.

Check out a couple of posts I wrote in 2006 and 2003 about consanguineous marriage and and Iraq: Failure To Understand Cousin Marriage Blinds Policy Makers On Iraq and John Tierney On Cousin Marriage As Reform Obstacle In Iraq.

Meanwhile, the Deep State Baathists left over from Saddam Hussein's regime are orchestrating the successes of ISIS. I think it is a bad idea to try to reconcile with these folks. Better to separate the Baathists into their own country and let the Shias go on without them.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 June 19 09:49 AM 

Check it out said at July 9, 2014 4:57 PM:

Time for all US military, economic and political influence out of Iraq. Let's extend that thought to the rest of World too.

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