Iraq can’t afford to repeat mistakes in Mosul

10 Nov

There is an expression attributed to the late American baseball player Yogi Berra: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” It is a funny way of saying we have been down this path before and, as the battle for Mosul continues, it is increasingly looking like a path we have been down before in Iraq.
It goes something like this: Prepare a battle plan of overwhelm­ing forces against an enemy with limited resources but do not think about what you will do after you win the battle.
It is what the United States did in 2003, when it defeated the forces of Saddam Hussein but failed to con­sider what would happen afterward. This doomed the country to more than a decade of continuing conflict and seeded the ground for the crea­tion of the Islamic State (ISIS).

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Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Middle East



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