Mar 3, 2015

Train in vain: the absurd history of training the Iraqi Army

From Iran to Israel to Korea to Romania, the list of countries that have trained Iraqis since 2003 is lengthy. And none achieved anything.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Anonymous, mistakenly attributed to Einstein.

With the government set to re-announce what New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has already announced — that Australian soldiers will be returning to Iraq to help “train” Iraqi soldiers — we’re continuing a long and proud tradition of foreigners who have helped train Iraqi military and security forces since 2003.

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24 thoughts on “Train in vain: the absurd history of training the Iraqi Army

  1. mikehilliard

    I hear Abbott thinks the deployment of Australian troops to Iraq is somehow exemplified by the centenary of Gallipoli. Go figure.

  2. Matt Hardin

    For those interested the “We trained hard” quote is from an article in Harpers magazine in 1957 called Merril’s Marauders by Charles Ogburn.

  3. Matt Hardin

    Sorry Charlton not Charles.

  4. AR

    [email protected] – which is why the Shia majority don’t give a flying for the areas currently held by IS – they are basically sunni tribal lands and IS a sunnis paid for by the ultimate sunni obscenity, wahhabist Saudi, as well as the Gulf states with restive shia populations.
    The chances of IS seriously threatening Baghdad are low to Buckleys and not a chance of venturing into the shia south.
    I’m just fascinated by the current vaporing of Netanyahu to AIDAC & the Tea Party Congress about the danger of Iran when the US could not be more grateful at the momet that they are shouldering the real burden of countering IS.

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