(The police fort at Latrun where the tiny Arab Legion stopped the Palmach in 1948)
"Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Iraqi forces "showed no will to fight" as the Islamic State militant group captured the city of Ramadi, and he rejected calls by Republican lawmakers to commit ground troops to the conflict.
"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter said in a CNN interview that aired Sunday. "They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight. They withdrew from the site, and that says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves."" Washpost
It is unfortunate that one must mention the ongoing debacle in Syria and Iraq on this day in which we remember the brave.
Secretary Carter correctly rebuked the Iraqis for their lack of determination at Ramadi. As he says the Iraqi military and police forces outnumbered the attacking IS forces by 10 to 1 and were much more heavily armed and yet they still ran away as fast as their US provided ground vehicles and aircraft would carry them. How many Iraqi citizens have since been killed at Ramadi by IS as a consequence of this cowardice?
The excuse provided by apologists for this Iraqi behavior is that the US did not bring down a ring of fire from the air so that the IS nasties would not have to be fought on the ground.
This is the Great Arabian Dream Machine at its best. The GADM has been around a long time. I remember that in the Israeli War of Independence it was widely said that John Glubb had betrayed the Arab cause and that this is why Israel came into being. In fact, if it had not been for the small Jordanian Army of that time, the Arabs would have lost ALL of Palestine. I have been repeatedly told by Arabs that America supplies the Israelis with equipment that is invulnerable to hostile fire and that this is why Arab armies have repeatedly been defeated by the Izzies. I have been told that in 1967 it was American tank crews who defeated the Egyptian Army. The number and baleful effect of such self deceptions seems endless.
In this case, the Iraq forces did not have as much air support as they would have wanted. I think it is fair to point to the total lack of air support available to the much smaller IS force.
Carter is not "free lancing" in making critical statements about the Iraq forces. He is not, in Ollie North's memorable phrase, "a loose cannon on the gun deck of the ship of state." The Obama Administration is considering its options about Iraq.
Those who pay attention to such things in the US know that the plaintive appeals of the neocons (McCain, Graham, Pletka, Keane, AEI, the ISofW, etc.) for just a few thousand more advisers, etc., are really a ploy to seek full re-engagement in the anti-jihadi war, a re-engagement of hundreds of thousands of our soldiers and trillions more of our money.
This will not happen. pl