I can’t believe I could read such words. I can’t believe that politicians and the bureaucracy and somewhere some craven gutless faceless men have brought us to the stage where before we can send our troops overseas, into a war zone, we must “negotiate” their right to defend themselves. Just through the looking glass stuff and that we have negotiated this “right” is written up as if its some kind of achievement.
What the West should be doing in Iraq is what the West wants to do and in the best interests of its own security and safety, with Iraq’s requirements coming a distant second or else they’ll be treated no different to ISIS. These are people who reject democracy in preference for Sharia law and who in many cases would prefer to have Saddam Hussein or some other vicious murdering totalitarian dictator ruling them.
We do not need to placate these people. We don’t even need to train them. We need to use their country as a beachhead and blast ISIS and their supporters into oblivion with heavy weapons and smart bombs and do the same in Syria. Maximum destruction with as little as possible engagement on the ground. And to hell with such garbage concerns as “collateral destruction”. To hell with “winning hearts and minds”. To hell with rules of engagements written by back room shysters with no idea of the mission or what it takes to win.
Frankly, if we have to negotiate with Iraq over our troops right to defend themselves then what the hell are we doing even thinking of going there. As George Bush said, “you’re either with us or against us”, and if our troops need to damn well negotiate their right to defend themselves, then obviously the Iraqis are unsure about which side they’re really on. We either go to war or we do not. End of story.