De-de-Ba’athification?

Buried in a much longer story that lead with action in Anbar Province in which Iraqi security forces killed and captured a number of Al-Qaeda was a story that I found even more interesting:

In Stockholm, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said there would be an announcement in a few days to reintroduce 1,000 mid-ranking officers from the former Iraqi military into the new army as a “sign of reconciliation”.

Clearly, the U. S. made a significant number of errors in the early days of its occupation of Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s government was eliminated but IMO two of the most serious were the disbanding of the Iraqi military and de-Ba’athification. There is a host of reasons that this was a mistake, not the least of which is that since so many people worked for the Iraqi government under Saddam and, implicitly, were, willy-nilly, Ba’athists, that removing them not only paralyzed the government in Iraq but the economy as well.

The Oil Law and revision of the de-Ba’athification Law were two of the milestones for the Iraqi government from the ISG Report so I guess the progress of the Oil Law and this story are good news. I don’t think we should underestimate the complexity of incorporating these member of the old Iraqi Army into the new, however.

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Dave Schuler
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Over the years Dave Schuler has worked as a martial arts instructor, a handyman, a musician, a cook, and a translator. He's owned his own company for the last thirty years and has a post-graduate degree in his field. He comes from a family of politicians, teachers, and vaudeville entertainers. All-in-all a pretty good preparation for blogging. He has contributed to OTB since November 2006 but mostly writes at his own blog, The Glittering Eye, which he started in March 2004.

Comments

  1. removing them not only paralyzed the government in Iraq but the economy as well.

    And created a LOT of men angry with the united States.

    Paul Bremer should have been denied the medal of freedom based on this alone.