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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Iraq strategy is for Iraq to figure

If I were advising Iraq about how to rebuild after the bulk of ISIS combatants have been reduced, and knowing that insurgents lurk in the shadows, here are an offering of ideas.

Theme: Community by community

The main idea is to rebuild each community by ensuring that layers of leadership know their citizens and that citizens know their leaders and one another as their own families.

Security based on knowing your neighbor.

"Democracies make for stronger and stabler partners. They trade more, innovate more, and fight less. They help divided societies to air and hopefully resolve their differences. They hold inept leaders accountable at the polls. They channel people’s energies away from extremism and toward political and civic engagement…. 
So for all these reasons … opening political systems, societies, and economies is not simply a matter of idealism. It is a strategic necessity."   
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, November 7, 2011

Iraq must improve its elected representation such that the leadership is respected among both the Sunni, Shiite, and Kurd populations. Deficiencies in leadership make future U.S. engagements in Iraq at risk. The State Department needs to hammer the top leadership for change and improvement.

The subject cities need to be cordoned by micro communities such that a citizen-led system of profiling neighbors is established such that citizens have situational awareness. In the process, any remaining insurgents should be flushed into the open for active resolution by the authorities. This action isn't an ideal democratic experience, yet the risk of devastating violence 's too big for passive acceptance of ISIS members.

Establishing neighborhood police authority is essential, and that requires training and equipping police as well as establishing a secure communications network among the communities.

"As ISIS Loosens Grip, U.S. and Iraq Prepare for Grinding Insurgency


Not much to build upon

Photo: New York Times

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