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My Turn: The Humpty Dumpty/Nuri al-Maliki parable

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again." ~ English Nursery Rhyme

Who couldn’t have seen this coming . . . Iraq, the country for which Americans bled and died for years, the country we showered with countless trillions of taxpayer dollars, the great democracy envisioned by geniuses like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, is unwilling to defend itself against Islamist insurgents known as ISIS (Islamic State for Iraq and Syria).
Iraqi soldiers, equipped and trained by the United States, running like roaches from a kitchen light and stripping off their uniforms and throwing away U.S.-bought weapons, have surrendered Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, plus the city of Tikrit, and a number of Sunni Muslim towns.
To no one’s surprise, ISIS fighters are now vowing take Baghdad.
So what?
Now, we know that GOP political opportunists and conservative commentators who don’t give a whit about the Iraqi men, women, and children who would suffer and die in a prolonged U.S. backed conflict will have lots of fun blaming President Obama for the Iraqi meltdown, but the fault does not lie in the White House . . . or even in the halls of Congress.
The fault here belongs to the men who’ve been ‘running’ Iraq on America’s dime since 2003.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his cohorts have consistently failed for years to unite the Iraqi people behind the national government and the people, including Iraqi soldiers, are now sending a loud and clear message to the Baghdad government and the United States and anyone else who will listen: We have no reason to fight and die for the al-Maliki government!
So . . . if the Iraq people aren’t willing to defend their country against ISIS, why should we do it for them?
Forgive the rephrasing of the infamous nursery rhyme, but as ISIS fighters advance on Baghdad, it seems so appropriate.
The al-Maliki government sat on a wall.
The al-Maliki government had a great fall.
All of America’s weaponry and all of America's women and men couldn't put the al-Maliki government together again.

Like it or not, that’s a fact, Jack!
Isn’t it?

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