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'Stubborn' Iraqis Mistaken to Demand American Withdrawal

 

"It seems that rather than examining Iraq's military preparedness, the stubborn among us have dug in their heels, insisting on labeling a reduced U.S. presence as 'occupation of the Iraqi state.' This is illogical and ridiculous. How can any country occupy another with a few thousand troops who are present with the consent of both governments?"

 

By Amran Al-Obaidi

 

Translated By Hannah Bakheit

 

December 1, 2011

 

Iraq - Sotal Iraq - Original Article (Arabic)

U.S. troops leave Iraq: Now that Americans are making their way out, there is more than a little hand-wringing in Baghdad.

 

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In the early stages of setting up a new state, particularly on the ruins of a dictatorship, it is dangerous to deal unrealistically with critical issues. Rather than decision-making based on short-term political demands, such a situation requires a high degree of flexibility. Otherwise the opportunity to properly rebuild the nation could be lost.

 

The withdrawal of American troops overshadows all other political issues. All else pales in comparison to the profound importance, both politically and in terms of security, of the American pullout, which will bring to an end what began on April 9, 2003. This will be a test of the capacity of the political cabinet to deal with the new situation and whatever crisis may arise.

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Many have observed contradicting views on the subject. The first is an insistence that the Americans not maintain any future presence on Iraqi soil. The second is the reality: Iraq needs U.S. support to get passed the current difficulties, which would also prevent an inevitable and nearly-complete power vacuum. The distance between the two positions shows that talk of agreement on a formula that would be in the best interests of Iraq and its security were overly-optimistic

 

I do not intend to justify the Americans' remaining, nor do I wish to underestimate the capacity of Iraqis. But I mean to say that the way this issue has been handled was overshadowed by the media. That has led to political stubbornness and an insistence on a complete American withdrawal, despite very pressing matters that suggest they should remain. This can be seen in the broad political debate on this topic.

 

 

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Rather than dealing with the U.S. withdrawal as a pressing issue that bears on the reality of Iraq's future, it has been used to draw a reaction from political opponents and certain neighboring countries.

 

Reading about the issue politically, it seems that rather than examining Iraq's military preparedness, the stubborn among us have dug in their heels, insisting on labeling a reduced U.S. presence as "occupation of the Iraqi state." This is illogical and ridiculous.

 

How can any country occupy another with a few thousand troops who are present with the consent of both governments? If that were the case, then most of the Gulf countries and many more around the world are now under occupation.

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