More reason to think carefully about Iraq

The Islamic State captured 1000s of vehicles worth over $1.5 billion from the city of Mosul alone.

It’s clear the Iraqi Security Forces were armed but unwilling to fight.

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Confusion at the highest levels over Iraq strategy

Disagreements between former Australian Army generals in recent days highlights that the government has no clear strategy for military force in Iraq.

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Iraq: the deja vu of disaster
Jun03

Iraq: the deja vu of disaster

The West has not learned the lessons of the last Iraq war, even as calls for its belated involvement in the current crisis of the Islamic State grow.

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Losing the Western will to fight (Part 3): The insidious really civil war
Jun13

Losing the Western will to fight (Part 3): The insidious really civil war

How did the West get to a point in which it loses aimless wars waged against goat herders who hold beliefs that cannot be criticised without booking yourself a date with the closest anti-discrimination tribunal? Is it just the misfortune of war? Is it simply a case of bumbling presidents, sidekick prime ministers and inept generals? If you don’t think the first question is worth asking, then please leave. You will find everything on...

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Losing the Western will to fight (Part 2): Dissecting disaster
Jun12

Losing the Western will to fight (Part 2): Dissecting disaster

Yesterday Mosul, a city that once was home 3 million people, fell to an al Qaeda offshoot. Today it is Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit that finds itself under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. It also has the keys to the nation’s largest oil refinery in Bayji. Shock and awe has returned to Iraq in the worst possible way. There can be no doubt that the same will happen in Afghanistan in the not too distant future....

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Losing the Western will to fight (Part 1): An 8 step plan for failure
Jun11

Losing the Western will to fight (Part 1): An 8 step plan for failure

Two weeks ago it was announced that President Obama would spend the next two weeks outlining his vision for US foreign policy. It started with a speech that Obama gave in Afghanistan stating that the US would bring the war there to “a responsible end” by withdrawing US military forces. Then came the release of Taliban prisoners. Not much else has been announced that could be remotely described as visionary. In other news, Iraq’s...

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