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Lack of Progress Report: Iraq’s ‘Dysfunctional’ Security

Posted on Sep 5, 2007

A new independent report from a congressionally appointed panel of retired senior military officers criticizes Iraq’s “dysfunctional” Interior Ministry, noting rife sectarianism and corruption. The report also blames Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for problems with Iraq’s army, which it says will not be self-sufficient for at least two years.

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Iraq’s Interior Ministry is “dysfunctional,” filled with sectarianism and corruption, according to an independent assessment of the Iraqi security forces to be published [Thursday]. The report said that Iraq’s national police force, controlled by that ministry, is “operationally ineffective” and should be disbanded and reorganized.

The report, by a congressionally-named commission of retired senior military officers, cites progress in the operation and training of the Iraqi army. But it estimates that “they will not be ready to independently fulfill their security role within the next 12 to 18 months” without a substantial U.S. military presence. Logistical self-sufficiency, which it describes as key to independent Iraqi operations, is at least two years away, the report says.

Iraqi security forces “have the potential to help reduce sectarian violence,” the report says. But the report, which emphasizes the failure of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government to achieve key political benchmarks, says that violence will not end without political reconciliation. In addition to the failings of the Interior Ministry and police, it says that Maliki is perceived as bypassing the Ministry of Defense and the chain of command to create “a second, and politically motivated” command structure in the army.

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By boggs, September 6, 2007 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

All responsibility for unfinished, unsucessful or incomplete missions in Iraq falls squarely on the US. We are and have been the occupying force and we have held complete authority for the past four years. If its broken, it’s because we broke it! If it hasn’t been fulfilled it would be because we didn’t want to spend the money or we don’t want the Iraqi people to have too much comfort.
Our intent was to run the Iraqi’s out of their country and we are partially succesful. Our desire is to have rule over the OIL.

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By cyrena, September 5, 2007 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

Funny you should ask Dennis.

It brings to mind something I read in an academic journal, a piece by Laura Nader. (I think, I’d have to double check if anyone is interested). One of the observations that she addressed was how occupying nations seem to take on the political mentality of the nations they occupy.

In the article, she was referencing the occupation of Iraq by the US, and I remember thinking that the US (regime) had indeed taken on multiple characteristics of the regime that they set out to destroy in Iraq. The corruption of the Saddam regime, the oppression of the civilians in general, and overall, the same tyranny and dictatorship that was the rule of Saddam, was duplicated by the US in it’s occupation.

But, they didn’t just duplicate the dictatorship there in Iraq, but they’ve installed it here as well!!!

Still, I’m not sure who copied who, as far as dysfunction goes. Saddams was a tyrannical and brutal regime, for anyone that he targeted. But, they didn’t have this level of sectarian strife…not even close. There were plenty of Shia in his administration. It would have been politically stupid for him NOT to have them. Besides that, Iraq’s was at least a secular regime under Saddam. So, while the corruption may be a shared characteristic of the two regimes, the sectarian and civil strife is definitely something that our own dictators ordered and exported.

And so yeah, it’s kind of ironic to hear about the woes of the current Iraqi government, since it seems to mirror our own.

Actually, I think they might be in better shape, since they apparently haven’t had a chance to turn them all into robots, like what we apparently have in our own Congress.

I’m almost jealous. So far, they’re the only ones who’ve had to guts to stand up to the Gangsters in DC, even if it’s just by saying NO, and refusing to give in.

Our Congress caved-in to the same bunch 7 years ago, and they’ve been holding us hostage ever since.

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By farmertx, September 5, 2007 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

Gee what a surprise.
A totally clueless person is allowed to commit US forces to an invasion of a country that was no threat to the security of the US, totally disrupt all operations of that country and with no sensible plan of restoring any semblance of control.
Then, even after he had been warned by the man who single-handedly re-invented the US military that things were going to hell, he refused to take any effective action. Instead, he lied. Granted, lying is his forte.
But he lied all the way to the ‘06 election when he realized that his Party was going to lose in a big way. Then he pretended (there is that lying again) to set things up for a different approach.
And now that that approach is not achieving all of its goals, goals that he set, he wants to alter the report.
Thankfully he wasn’t able to change the whole report.
And the Democrat’s are standing firm for a withdrawal timetable. Even if he caved in and agreed, he’d renege.
The Democrat’s in Congress had best start giving serious consideration to drawing up Articles of Impeachment against the Shootist and then the Shrub.
Only after both of them are out of office will there be any chance of making a withdrawal of American forces.

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By DennisD, September 5, 2007 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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It’s “dysfunctional” interior ministry, noting rife sectarianism and corruption.”
Is that report about the United States, Iraq or both?
Just curious.

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