‘Iraq war, US’ biggest military mistake’

A leading US defense analyst has described the Iraq war as the “biggest mistake” in the history of the US military as the last patch of American troops withdraws from Baghdad.

The Iraq war and the subsequent occupation may ultimately come to be regarded as even a bigger mistake than the Vietnam war was, says an article by defense industry analyst Loren Thompson, published by Forbes . It also says the war failed to garner domestic support, which led to a “stark defeat” of American strategy in the country.

Referring to the West’s false allegations of Baghdad possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) as a pretext for the war, the article said that the WMDs did not exist and were an illusion.

“We soon determined that another big reason for going [to war with Iraq], the supposed presence of Al Qaeda elements, was largely imaginary,” Thompson said.

He further described as ridiculous the former US President George W. Bush’s stated objective to make way for the first “real democracy” in the Arab world.

Thompson added that the American troops departing Iraq are not going any farther away than neighboring Kuwait.

He pointed out that Washington is likely to keep an extensive military presence nearby to ensure that Iraqi’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has the “ability to control Iraq’s many political factions.”

Thompson said the Pentagon has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on new technology, training and tactics for fighting insurgence. However, insurgents in Iraq, he noted, succeeded in pushing “America’s vast military machine to the verge of defeat.”

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4 replies

  1. The Iraq war was indeed a big mistake. Indeed it points to the fact that if a vengeful mad man becomes a President of the United States and cons the largely non-technical Congress into supporting an unjust, unproductive and economically devastating war the same scenario could be repeated again.
    While almost everyone agrees that the Iraq war was a mistake, the real reasons behind the start of that war are still shrouded in mystery. In the following old article I tried to indicate some of the possible reasons, hoping that someone, someday will look at it and figure out the real reasons behind the Iraq war:
    http://www.lohar.com/letter_to_the_president.pdf

    • One reason you did not mention: ‘Just to create disorder, so that the Arab world is busy with themselves. In the meantime Israel can go on constructing their settlements and no one has the time to think of a Palestinian State…

  2. Mr. Tschannen, I believe your comment is directed to me. I did not mention that possibility in my “letter to President Bush” at http://www.lohar.com as at that time it seemed too far-fetched as Mr. Bush’s reason. It could be Donald Rumsfeld’s reason if he were a Jew. But of course what you suggest is a possibility and so are other possibilities, often mentioned in claims branded as “conspiracy theories”. When I get some time I will add a note that you pointed out this possible reason. Thanks for taking interest.
    Wassalam

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