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In Iraq, Where there is No Will, there is No Way | Cicero Magazine | Ideas on War & Peace

In Iraq, Where there is No Will, there is No Way | Cicero Magazine | Ideas on War & Peace

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stated in May 2015 that the Iraqis lost Ramadi because they lacked the will to fight. They outnumbered their Islamic State opponents, but the Iraqis had no strong desire to maintain control of Ramadi at the risk of death. Carter was met with stiff opposition from the Administration following his comments and quickly forced on his heels. However, his words likely exhibited some truth. Iraqis are now a few weeks into their campaign to take Ramadi back from the Islamic State with the help of American advisors and operations going “as planned.”

In June, as President Obama announced plans to deploy an additional 450 American service members to train Iraqi security forces, Judy Woodruff of PBS asked retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich if it was the right move. Bacevich said, “I’m sure they will be able to transfer some important skills to the people that they train, but will they be able to transfer the will to fight, which would seem to be the fundamental problem with the Iraqi forces that have basically been taking a licking from ISIS?”

Source: In Iraq, Where there is No Will, there is No Way | Cicero Magazine | Ideas on War & Peace