Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
We don't know exactly how things will turn out yet in Iraq, even though it doesn't look good now. Who would think that they wouldn't value democracy, certainly not Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry, and most other members of Congress at the time.
The Iraqi forces as reconstituted may never have had the will to fight anyone, only to make a corrupt career move.
" ...The dismantling of Saddam’s Ba’ath army by the coalition forces in 2003 saw the end of Iraq’s previously organised and professional army unit. Its passing left not so much a vacuum but a gap for showing off governmental incompetence and cronyism. Iraq is a country split along sectarian lines and when the Americans withdrew, Nouri al-Maliki, the then prime minister of Iraq – and a Shia – ostracised Sunnis from the military and security forces. Their response was to either opt for alternative careers away from the front lines or join fellow Sunni brothers in arms – Islamic State.
The lack of inclusiveness is only half the story here: experienced, battle-hardened, professional soldiers were replaced by commanders and troops whose interests and motivations were more akin to opportunistic business men. Joining the Iraqi army has become more of a career development-style investment opportunity, a bit like a student doing an MBA who hopes that his tuition fees will result in fame and fortune in some blue-chip commercial nirvana. The prospect of fighting off extremist insurgents is not what they signed up for – and it shows.... "
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"