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Don't forget Iraq, Dr. Pipes.

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Submitted by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi (United Kingdom), Feb 11, 2013 at 13:55

Dr. Pipes:

You make an excellent point about naiveté in the notion that American training of foreign troops 'imbues...American political and ethical values'. Iraq is a similar case-in-point, where the U.S. was largely responsible for building up the armed forces from 2003 until around 2008. The naiveté led to the approach of 'quantity, not quality', and as a result political factions took advantage. Today the elite troops in particular that were trained by the U.S. are seen as a mere tool for the Prime Minister to repress dissent.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I thought of including Iraq but did not because the U.S.-sponsored military there has not turned out as badly as in the other cases cited. Its serving "as a mere tool for the Prime Minister to repress dissent" does not quite sum up its role in keeping the government in power.

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