Blogs: The Skeptics

Trump's Israel Embassy Move Would Have Been Disastrous

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Crazy and China Doesn’t Have a Solution

Iraq Will Survive ISIS. Will It Survive Its Own Politicians?

The Skeptics

What is completely unknown is how the Iraqi government will behave once the Islamic State is vacated from Iraq’s population centers. We don’t need any reminders that one of the few reasons why the Islamic State was able to sweep into Iraq with such speed was because the Iraqi security forces treated the Sunni population with such contempt and suspicion that their retreat from western and northern Iraq was actually celebrated by Moslawis, Tikritis and Anbaris as the dawn of a new day.

If Iraqi political leaders across the sectarian divide don’t demonstrate leadership and begin to view collaboration, dialogue, inclusivity and political decentralization as assets rather than a threats to power, we may, in the future, be looking at an organization even more extremist than the Islamic State (if you can believe that) entering the same cities and towns and perpetrating the same atrocities. Except in this scenario, Iraq’s political class may not have the fortune of assuming that the U.S. military will scramble the bombers and prevent their government from falling.

Daniel R. DePetris is a fellow at Defense Priorities.

Image: U.S. Soldiers secure a burning building located near the town of Tal Afar. Flickr/U.S. Central Command

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Washington Needs to Understand the Costs of Its Actions

The Skeptics

What is completely unknown is how the Iraqi government will behave once the Islamic State is vacated from Iraq’s population centers. We don’t need any reminders that one of the few reasons why the Islamic State was able to sweep into Iraq with such speed was because the Iraqi security forces treated the Sunni population with such contempt and suspicion that their retreat from western and northern Iraq was actually celebrated by Moslawis, Tikritis and Anbaris as the dawn of a new day.

If Iraqi political leaders across the sectarian divide don’t demonstrate leadership and begin to view collaboration, dialogue, inclusivity and political decentralization as assets rather than a threats to power, we may, in the future, be looking at an organization even more extremist than the Islamic State (if you can believe that) entering the same cities and towns and perpetrating the same atrocities. Except in this scenario, Iraq’s political class may not have the fortune of assuming that the U.S. military will scramble the bombers and prevent their government from falling.

Daniel R. DePetris is a fellow at Defense Priorities.

Image: U.S. Soldiers secure a burning building located near the town of Tal Afar. Flickr/U.S. Central Command

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America's Afghan Mission Is No Longer Serving Its Purpose

The Skeptics

What is completely unknown is how the Iraqi government will behave once the Islamic State is vacated from Iraq’s population centers. We don’t need any reminders that one of the few reasons why the Islamic State was able to sweep into Iraq with such speed was because the Iraqi security forces treated the Sunni population with such contempt and suspicion that their retreat from western and northern Iraq was actually celebrated by Moslawis, Tikritis and Anbaris as the dawn of a new day.

If Iraqi political leaders across the sectarian divide don’t demonstrate leadership and begin to view collaboration, dialogue, inclusivity and political decentralization as assets rather than a threats to power, we may, in the future, be looking at an organization even more extremist than the Islamic State (if you can believe that) entering the same cities and towns and perpetrating the same atrocities. Except in this scenario, Iraq’s political class may not have the fortune of assuming that the U.S. military will scramble the bombers and prevent their government from falling.

Daniel R. DePetris is a fellow at Defense Priorities.

Image: U.S. Soldiers secure a burning building located near the town of Tal Afar. Flickr/U.S. Central Command

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