ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Iraqi People Will Steal it

Updated on November 26, 2014

Why does the USA have such bad luck when their intent is good? When The US toppled Saddam Hussein, it was hoped Iraq would be a new democracy because the people would be free. Now, we see it was Saddam that actually glued the various sects of that society through fear and force into a viable, working country. What the US seems to have done is quite the opposite, creating a very corrupt and divided country that is no longer. America has been down this horrible road before in the Vietnam War. The corruption within the South Vietnamese government and army is historic. Millions of US aid filled pockets of generals and political leaders, what trickled down was far less. Yet, America continued to send troops and aid hoping something would end in the good. That was clearly NOT the case.

In Iraq, it is all repeating. We withdraw all our troops and now forced to send another 3000 to intervene to save face now that ISIS is threatening. Yet. America continues to send aid to Iraq to the tune of $1.3 billion dollars for 2015 and of that, $24 million is for the questionable Sunni tribes to supply them with weapons. Obama's hope is that the weapons the money is for will allow these "tribes" to kick ISIS butt back. That would be the "at best" scenario, which is dubious.

Obama seems to have ignored the Iraqi Col. Obeidi, who heads Internal Security forces and a Sunni leader. He clearly said," Our people will steal it", when referring to the weapons being sent or bought with the money. He continued, "Corruption is everywhere". The weapons shipped there are being sold on the black market to ISIS fighters! The number of soldiers in units are, many times, ghost soldiers. These are simply on a roster to create a good impression. The weapons soldiers actually get are often inferior ones, not the ones America or other allies send. Other commanders in Anbar province state that if a soldier is suppose to get 100 bullets, he actually gets 50, and the the other 50 is sold by his superior.

The Sunni tribes in Anbar are asking that the USA send them aid and weapons directly because of the great distrust of the Shiite army commanders. The Iraqi government has warned the US not to do so because it violates Iraqi law and will promote even more bad blood and sectarian conflict. The Sunni fighters are to sign for each assigned weapon with a serial number, so, if that gun ends up in ISIS hand's, the fighter is accountable. Really? Assuming he is still around! The Iraqi army removed four general's and many other officers totaling 36, but none faced any legal action. They were just fired. Some are calling for their facing a firing squad because whole divisions simply vanished when ISIS attacked. But, the Iraqi army fell apart starting in 2010. The AK-47 sells for $800-2000, a grenade $50, a RPG $100. The number of weapons the US purchased for the Sunni tribes comes to around 340,000, with the bulk being AK-47. Some 138,000 new Glock pistols and at least 165,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. A total of 14,000 weapons were lost between arriving in Iraq and being transferred to Iraqi forces. The weapons are sold all over Iraq and the prices continue to rise because of demand and this fuels corruption of stealing weapons from army and police supplies.

This is history repeating itself.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A four star general (retired, sad to say) said that our ability to forestall wars is being degraded, and he places some hope in a Republican Congress facing that reality and doing something about it. So far no one is asking for sacrifice in our own self-interest and until someone can lead well enough to accomplish selling that idea (even if only inside the beltway) we are in for a rough and very bumpy ride.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 years ago

      I think anyone who looks at Iraq will see parallels to Vietnam. Even if the figures are off, it is still a DISMAL future.

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Good figures. Reliable? Chaos is the mother to a thousand children.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 years ago

      I reckon....

    • profile image

      Hxprof 

      3 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Obummer is ignoring anything that doesn't fit his outloook. But even with the corruption in Iraq, at least arms manufacturers are making money - hooray!!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)