Now why did we have to build a new Iraqi army from scratch? Because we did not have the good sense after defeating Hussein to keep the existing army in being. The genius who enforced that policy was Bush appointee Paul Bremer.
Many of the insurgents we fought in Iraq during our long occupancy were unemployed members of the former Iraqi army.
Bremer and other members of the failed Bush administration have come out of hiding and presume to tell Obama how to handle the current crisis.
The mess that they created is somehow Obama’s fault.
In 2006, our current vice president, Joe Biden, proposed that Iraq be partitioned into its three ethnic components. He was widely ridiculed by the Republicans.
I first proposed such a partition in a column on Jan. 6, 2005, along the lines of Swiss Cantons. Today it is reported that there is at the moment a de facto division of Iraq into those three components.
In 1950, when I was a senior in high school, a slightly older man ridiculed me by accusing me of having, “a firm grasp of the obvious.” It appears that I still had such a grasp in January 2005. It is indeed a shame that no one in the George W. Bush administration ever had even that degree of insight.
John Culleton writes from Eldersburg. His column appears every second Tuesday. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.