concerned veterans for america

Iraq – Ready to Rock?

The nation of Iraq has come a very long way in the few years it has existed free from Saddam. Yet talk of the nation being able to stand on its own are very premature—given that they have such nice neighbors as Iran and Pakistan.

This month the Iraqi National Defense College welcomed a team from the NATO Defense College to conduct the first ever Crisis Management Exercise with senior Iraqi leaders. This is the kind of thing that mature nations do routinely.

The exercise is centered around a fictitious scenario, which requires departmental and interagency cooperation to resolve a major crisis. Iraqi senior military and civil leaders must work together to overcome the emergency, while maintaining fundamental services, governmental functions, and security. Expect that it won’t run smoothly—they never do, even for experienced nations.

This is a great exercise, but think twice when someone suggests that the Iraqi government is mature and “ready to rock” on their own.

Join the discussion

Further reading

blog soldier sanding in front of american flag

Movie of the Month for December

Troops, your viewing assignment for December is not a movie, documentary, or short film. Instead, US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, one of the most...

blog soldier sanding in front of american flag

Movie of the Month for November

Troops, your viewing assignment for the month of November is to watch Mr. Overton. Meet Richard Overton, America’s oldest veteran at 109 years...

blog soldier sanding in front of american flag

Movie of the Month for October

Troops, your viewing assignment for October is to watch the award-winning CG animated short film Migrants. This one is definitely going to create a...

Get Denny's Newsletter

Receive news and updates from Denny