Iraq Defense Minister: At Least 10 More Years of Occupation
Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Qadir has announced that the Iraqi government is far, far away from being able to handle its own security.
The Iraqi defense minister said Monday that his nation would not be able to take full responsibility for its internal security until 2012, nor be able on its own to defend Iraq’s borders from external threat until at least 2018.
Those comments from the minister, Abdul Qadir, were among the most specific public projections of a timeline for the American commitment in Iraq by officials in either Washington or Baghdad. And they suggested a longer commitment than either government had previously indicated.
Pentagon officials expressed no surprise at Mr. Qadir’s projections, which were even less optimistic than those he made last year.
Remind me again how the Surge is working? Or for that matter, anything about our policy in Iraq, period? If the Washington Establishment politicians continue to buy into the idiotic “Pottery Barn” approach to Iraq, how does this mean anything but that we’re going to continue with something close to our current troop levels in Iraq for at least the next four years, if not another ten?