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Iraq, What's Next?

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Submitted by Leonard Markowitz (United States), Mar 31, 2010 at 07:14

When the American forces leave Iraq, I believe that a bloody civil war will ensue resulting in the formation of two or three countries., a Shia south, a Sunni mid-section and a de-facto , Kurdistan in the north, whether Turkey permits that or not. Only the Sunni mid-section will be without oil producing facilities.

The original thought, by the GW Bush administration was to establish a large footprint in the Near East from which American foreign policy could be implemented. However, a large footprint is one thing, the size and cost of what has developed is quite another.

Unfortunately, the incompetence by our Defense Department, Pentagon and parts of our intelligence community over the past several decades has not served this country well. We, the public, keep providing those agencies of our government with blank checks to implement their programs, many of which have not been successful. Our valiant troops have not been provided with adequate tools or equipment and leadership needed to succeed

We have opened a Pandora's Box in Iraq and we have still not realized the complete results of this action.

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