The prolongation of the US presence in Iraq .. “Bloomberg” reviews a long list of reasons

Reports & AnalyticsIranbreakingUS forces in IraqJoe BidenMustafa Al-Kazemi 2021-09-03 08:57A-AA+

Shafaq News/ The US “Bloomberg” website has counted a number of goals that the United States must achieve by committing to prolonging the US military presence in Iraq, due to the internal and regional Iraqi interest, and the US interest in particular to protect its national interests. 

And after “Bloomberg” indicated in a report translated by Shafak News Agency; In the recent period, the Joe Biden administration used terms such as “eternal wars” and “national interest” in defending Biden’s final exit from Afghanistan, according to the theory that achieving this interest requires an end to eternal wars, “Bloomberg” said that the continued presence in Iraq 18 years ago, it looks like another “eternal war”. 

But the US website considered that the prolongation of the US military presence is “a necessary condition for a number of overlapping US goals, including maintaining the fragile peace of the country, protecting Middle Eastern allies, and preventing the re-emergence of ISIS and the malign influence of Iran.” He added that “it is all in the US national interest.” 

The site wondered if Biden sees these facts, recalling that he has a history of mystical and reckless ideas about the Middle East, noting that when he was a member of the Senate, he adopted a proposal to divide Iraq on ethnic and sectarian lines without thinking much about whether the Iraqis wanted partition this way. 

The site indicated that Biden appears to be convinced that Iraq is a different issue from Afghanistan, so instead of withdrawing all US forces, he decided that their mission would shift from fighting the enemies to helping the Iraqis do the job.

And after the report emphasized the skill of the idea of ​​this transformation, he made it clear that it allows both Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to satisfy the local electoral rules that call for a complete American exit, as the American president can pretend that even if he did not withdraw American soldiers “home.” However, he pushed them out of the front line. 

He added that Al-Kazemi, for his part, can, at this stage leading up to the Iraqi elections, satisfy the Iranian-backed militias and political parties that call for the Americans to leave.

The report went on to review the reasons why the US forces must remain, saying that the continued US military presence will improve the efficiency of the Iraqi security services, and enhance the morale of the soldiers, who, like their Afghan counterparts, have over the years borne a lot of burden and incurred a great human cost while fighting terrorist groups. 

The report said Baden could not accuse the Iraqis, as he shamefully did with the Afghans, of being unwilling to “fight for themselves.”

And Bloomberg considered that Biden cannot argue that there is an imminent danger threatening the American forces in Iraq, explaining that “there is no force like the Taliban about to seize Baghdad,” recalling that the Iraqi forces, with the support of the United States, were the ones who regained the lands they lost. In favor of ISIS, which is still preventing the terrorists from returning. 

Despite this advantage of the Iraqi forces, the report emphasized that the US intervention is vital in protecting the Iraqi army from other threats, such as the possibility of penetration by the militias backed by Tehran. 

He added that the US presence would prevent a sectarian and ethnic conflict within the armed forces – between Kurds and Arabs, for example – and get out of control.

Regional influence 

In addition, the US military presence in Iraq is considered vital to US interests in the broader regional neighborhood, explaining that the allies of the Syrian Kurds are being supplied through the regions of northern Iraq, noting that the Kurds on both sides of the border, have bet on the Americans, but their trust Shaken by the withdrawal in Afghanistan.

The report indicated that there are other players in the region who have reasons to celebrate what happened in Kabul, and they hope that this will be repeated soon in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Baghdad. 

For example, he made it clear that the Lebanese Hezbollah would welcome the removal of US forces from Iraq, because this would allow it to increase its supply of weapons from Iran, to control Lebanon, support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and threaten Israel. 

He also noted that Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan “made Israel look anxious,” because withdrawing from Iraq would leave America’s most important ally in the Middle East, under a greater risk of hatred from Iran.

The report added that other allies in the region, such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have become more cautious in their bets recently, which is represented in their talks with Iran, where Iraq has emerged as a major mediator. He pointed out that Al-Kazemi’s qualifications to play the role of an honest broker depend on his being at an equal distance from Iran and the Arab countries, but if the United States is removed from the scene, the high probability is that Al-Kazemi will become a “puppet in the hands of Tehran.” 

Instead of being an arena in which the Iranians and Gulf Arabs can hold talks, Iraq will quickly turn into a conflict zone, with destabilizing effects throughout the region, the report noted.

The Bloomberg report concluded by saying that even the White House, which is keen to “pivot” away from the Middle East, must see that this would directly conflict with the national interest of the United States. 

He expressed the hope that “Biden does not succumb to his reckless tendencies, and remains on the right track in Iraq.”

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