The fault here needs to rest squarely on the shoulders of the Iraqi defense force. Our military can only say “don’t lose these weapons” so many times. the problem IMO is that we decimated the original (apparently corrupt) Iraqi army, and they were replaced by (apparently equally corrupt) “Iraqi defense force”, or Army, or whatever.
Say what you want about the war, the invasion, Saddam’s culpability, the presence of Al Qaedea in Iraq, democracy, blah, blah, blah. The bottom line is, the US destroyed the Iraqi military (at least in the battle sense), decapitated the Dictatorship, and tried to run out most of the corrupt lawmakers, generals, scientists and what have you.
Turns out that when you remove a system from a country, no matter how flawed and corrupt, it’s not easy to get things working under a new political ideal. Democracy was not embraced immediately? Heathens! Sunnis and Shiites? Get along assholes.
You guys wanna keep blowin’ shit up? Fine. We’ll send in more troops and kick more ass. That’ll make your government, economy, social infrastructure, and religious tension even out. Bullets. We have lots of 'em.
I love that the US is going to stay there until things stabilize. Because that is sure to happen, eventually, maybe.
Maybe w’s daddy didn’t invade for a reason. Perhaps he thought that an evil dictator in place was better than a protracted war with that country, and a total inability to get them on their own feet.
Well, at least we didn’t sell our “enemies” the weapons this time. Wait…what?