AGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi lawmakers said on Saturday that Washington should take responsibility for the turmoil in Iraq and stop blaming Baghdad, Iran and Syria.
Frustrated by criticism from the United States over their slow progress towards political goals meant to foster national reconciliation, Iraqi leaders said Washington would be better served by examining its own progress in the unpopular war.
"The Americans always try to pretend the responsibility for cleaning up this mess isn't theirs and tend to shift blame onto Iraq, Iran and Syria for everything that goes wrong," said veteran Kurdish lawmaker Mahmoud Othman.
"But they should stop this nonsense and admit that most of the accountability rests on their shoulders," he told Reuters.
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- We invaded them.
- We disbanded their army - though it seems we can no longer remember how that came about.
- We allowed their infrastructure (water, electricity) to fall apart.
- We neglected to provide any security after the war.
- We won the war but had no plan for the peace.
- We left military installations housing untold tons of arms and munitions unguarded and open to looting once the "Mission" had been "Accomplished" - and in due course those installations were looted while (in some cases) our troops watched - because they had no orders to cover the circumstances.
- We went into Iraq with a total ignorance of 1,400 years of tribal animosity between Sunni and Shiite or its importance.
- We thought the merest whiff of democracy would overcome 3,000 years of traditional, tribal systems.
- We thought purple fingers meant something.
- We underestimated the cost to ourselves and overestimated the ability of post war Iraqi oil revenues to pay for this war.
The list goes on and on ... but they're responsible for cleaning up the mess that we've made of things. If they're responsible and we're not, lets leave them to their on devices. They're intelligent people. I'm sure they can figure a way out of this for themselves.
After all, wasn't it Ronny Reagan who said, "The nine most frightening words I could imagine hearing were: I’m from the government and I’m here to help."
I presume he was referring to the US government?