Just as I predicted the other day, when two serious bombings took over 60 lives in Iraq, an American military spokesman now claims that American troops will now still go out on active military missions over the next few years and back up Iraqi troops on missions. Previously, a plan was to maintain a presence of 50,000 U.S. troops over the next few years that would largely confined to their military bases or in training Iraqi troops. However, Iraqi troops have recently proved that they still are not ready to defend their own nation.
Just like the failed "Vietnamization" of the Vietnam War as military duties were handed over to inadequate South Vietnamese troops, in Iraq, the military and police have both proven that they are woefully unable to deal with security threats posed by terrorists and other insurgent forces. The war in Iraq will unfortunately be left to American forces to fight for perhaps decades. And Iran is a major threat to involve itself in Iraq unless a strong American presence is left there for decades as well.
All of this illustrates the great problems of whenever the U.S. decides to enter a military situation somewhere. There are still American military bases left over in Japan, Germany and Korea. And now there will be not only military bases but combat duty left for American forces up to decades in Iraq as well.
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