When President Obama ignored the advice of all of the military leaders and announced that he would end the US involvement in Iraq this year, he also said that he was leaving a stable Iraq that was finally able to govern itself. Many saw his promise to bring all of the US troops home in time for Christmas to be nothing more than a political campaign stunt.
Now, only a few days after the last American forces left Obama’s stable Iraq, the capital city of Baghdad suffered fourteen bombings in one day that have killed at least 60 people and wounded another 160 or more. The attacks took place in 11 different neighborhoods, most of which were Shiite neighborhoods.
Another indicator of Obama’s stable Iraq came earlier this week when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, issued an arrest warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi. Al-Maliki has accused his vice president, who is a Sunni Muslim, of running a hit squad to target Shiite government officials.
Additionally, Al-Maliki is also asking for a vote of no confidence for his deputy prime minister Saleh al-Mutlaq, who is also a Sunni.
The Sunni and Shiite Muslims have been at odds and at war with each other long before US troops ever entered the country. Their bitter hatred for each other runs deeper than that of the US Senate Democrats and House Republicans. President Obama was warned by a number of experts that the rivalry between the two Islamic factions would rapidly escalate if the US military was pulled too soon. But like so many other issues facing the president, he ignored those warns in order to look good on the tough campaign trail.
Leader of the Sunni supported Iraqiya Party, Ayad Allawi also warned the Iraq government a long time ago that violence would most likely continue for as long as they felt the government was excluding the common person (mainly Sunni in their opinion) in politics. This warning had also been passed on to US officials but it obviously fell on deaf ears in the White House.
American military leaders had warned the White House that al-Qaeda would escalate their attacks once US troops withdrew this month. They told Washington that such a move would likely result in Iraq falling back into the same sectarian violence that they experienced several years ago and that much of what the US military accomplished as far as helping the Iraqi people would be destroyed, leaving the Iraqi people to suffer.
But, President Obama told America and the rest of the world that he was leaving a stable Iraq that could now handle their own democratic independence. And if he is comparing that to America’s democratic independence at present, he in fact may be quite accurate as he has also left the American people to suffer his tyranny and forms of domestic terrorism.