Skip to comments.State Dept. Audit: Obama administration overselling diplomacy in Iraq?
Posted on 11/03/2010 3:45:41 AM PDT by Frankusa
The Obama administration could be overstating what U.S. diplomats can do to contain Iraq's ethnic and sectarian tensions without U.S. military forces, a State Department audit concluded Tuesday, raising fresh concerns about the planned pullout of American troops next year.
The auditors also questioned whether American diplomats who remain behind will be adequately protected against insurgent violence, and their report faulted Washington for its planning of the transition from a U.S. military-led mission in Iraq to one run by American civilians in 2011.
The audit's findings echo worries expressed by some U.S. defense analysts and former diplomats. They say hard-won security gains in Iraq could crumble if U.S. forces leave on schedule...
"Does the United States risk overselling what it can and will accomplish?" the report asks. It does not explicitly answer that question but implies that the U.S. is promising more than it can deliver.
Ryan Crocker, ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, said last week that the U.S. military's departure from Iraq will likely create a security vacuum and set Iraq on a dangerous course...
"I worry that what we're seeing is a transition from a military lead to no lead," he said.
"Simply put, the capacity does not exist on the civilian side to take on the vast array of roles and missions that the military has so ably performed in Iraq."
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Dubya left him with a "win" if he could just stay the course.
It was US Army officers in the field who succeeded in wooing the various Sunni and Shia clans away from terrorism and rallying them to a single national Iraqi cause friendly to the US. My impression is that the largest contributions made by the State Department in Iraq was to rack up big room service fees and bar tabs in Green Zone hotels. If anyone can cite any substantive diplomatic contributions made by the State Department in Iraq, I’d be interested to learn about them.
IMHO, no withdrawal of US forces from Iraq can be considered prudent or sensible before a dramatic regime change in IRAN is achieved. 0bama’s decision to unilaterally announce an immediate future date for withdrawal of US forces from Iraq is, frankly speaking, foolish and impractical on an epic scale. It’s as if our international diplomacy is being handled by Moe, Larry, Curley ... and Barry.