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The historic opportunity awaiting Trump to stabilize Iraq, eventually withdraw troops

 

The stakes are high for a strategic dialogue later this week between U.S. officials and new Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

 

John Solomon

 

President Trump has long railed against “endless wars,” but for much of his presidency the opportunity to move Iraq toward stability has not presented itself, thwarted by a meddlesome Iran, an ISIS insurgency, economic crisis and populist protests demanding reform.

 

But starting this week, his administration faces a significant opportunity with the strategic dialogue opening Thursday in Baghdad, which will allow U.S. officials to directly engage with Iraq’s new prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi

 

Iraq has lacked a leader like al-Kadhimi for a long time. A journalist-turned-Cabinet-secretary, al-Kadhimi proved his mettle to the West as Iraq’s intelligence chief during the war on ISIS while delicately balancing a relationship of respect with the Shia Muslims in his country aligned with Iran.

 

The window of opportunity for al-Kadhimi to succeed is real, but narrow. The coalition forces led by U.S. troops substantially disabled ISIS, although the elements of the group have begun reconstituting in the country’s northwest region.

 

An American drone strike in January took out Iran’s chief military strategist, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the architect of the IED-infused insurgency against American soldiers.

 

Oil prices have stabilized and ticked up, giving a needed boost to Iraq’s main economic engine.

And COVID-19 has distracted the entire region, including Iraq and hard-hit Iran, creating a moment of pause in the usual chaos and tension.

 

Al-Kadhimi has maximized the opportunity, unveiling a reform agenda to end corruption and security abuses and opening a dialogue with protesters and insurgents who have fueled sectarian violence.

But for al-Khadhimi to succeed long-term in his mission to return Iraq to an autonomous and stable nation state, he will need a significant show of support from the United States, from money to continued short-term military presence and flexibility with Iran.

 

Al-Kadhimi and Iraqi President Barham Salih are trying to make Iraq sovereign and secure again, and want strong ties with Washington. But they also don’t want to provoke a fight with Iran. 

Ahead of Thursday’s meetings, the Trump administration has signaled it is ready to engage.

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed a waiver to the Iran sanctions in early May, allowing Iraq to buy much needed power from its neighbor. And President Trump, without much fanfare, in late May extended the emergency executive order 13303, which started the Iraq War under George W. Bush in 2003, for another year to authorize U.S. military presence in the country.

 

But those early gestures must be followed by concrete steps if Trump wants to achieve the sort of stability that will allow him to deliver on his promise to withdraw troops from Iraq.

 

First off, Iraq needs money. Al-Kadhimi found the Iraqi treasury mostly empty when he took over. The fall in oil prices and COVID-19 worsened an already dire economic situation.

 

The first injection is the most logical: The U.S. can increase security assistance and cooperation and signal, as Trump did by renewing the executive order, that the 5,000 remaining U.S. troops aren’t abandoning Iraq quickly. 

 

Even if Trump is tempted to announce before the U.S. election a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal, as he has done in Afghanistan, there should be no ambiguity about the U.S. commitment to training and support operations, as well as intelligence operations.

 

The Pentagon has requested $645 million in FY 2021 for security assistance to Iraq through the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund (CTEF), a decline of $200 million over the past two years. The battle against ISIS has been a success, the Pentagon classifying it as a ‘low level insurgency.’ But the terrorist group is nonetheless making a comeback in northwestern Iraq. 

 

This assistance, and cooperation, matters more than ever. Perhaps an outcome of this week’s strategic meeting could be a hard look at what more Iraq needs to continue to strengthen Iraq’s capacity for security, air support, and intelligence sharing to eventually reach autonomy.

 

Another opportunity on the economic front is resurrecting oil production in the semi-autonomous region controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government, which possesses some of Iraq’s highest grade and most lucrative crude.

 

In 2014, the Obama administration launched an initiative to have U.S. oil giants help the Kurds drill and send oil to Iraq’s oil ministry for sale on the open market, but the program became paralyzed by violence by both ISIS insurgents and Iran-backed rebels.

 

There’s a unique opportunity to create a grand bargain between the KRG and Iraqi to get that oil flowing again, and fattening the lean treasury coffers of the state with a self-reliant flow of cash that is not U.S. tax dollars.

 

A third challenge comes from Iran. Iraq is Iran’s front yard. Tehran's paramilitary proxies in Iraq escalated attacks against U.S. personnel starting last December, killing and injuring Americans, and convening a mob to threaten the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. 

 

Iran crossed a line in Iraq, and Trump powerfully struck back. The U.S. killed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, Iran’s man in Iraq, in January. Tehran appears to have gotten the message, at least for now.

But Iraq needs to reclaim its own territory, without posing an overt threat to Iran.  Iraq wants good ties with Iran, but less of the heavy hand. 

 

Trump can help here by intensified security cooperation and reform in border security and other means to consolidate military authority in Iraq’s Ministry of Defense, while professionalizing its Ministry of Interior to deal with internal security. 

 

A fourth option comes from America’s partners in the Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE, who have the resources and marketplace to forge strong economic ties with Baghdad.  

Iraq Finance Minister Ali Allawi was in the Gulf recently to discuss investment and infrastructure projects, and seek billions of dollars on debt relief from Kuwait.  Money is tight in the Gulf, also reeling from low oil prices and COVID-19. But these countries have a stake in Iraq’s stability, and have the ability to create an economic counterweight to Iran

 

Ret. Brig. Gen. Robert S. Spaulding, who authored Trump’s well-received National Security Strategy in late 2017, said the administration must find the right mix of strengthening security through regional allies and growing the natural oil economy inside Iraq.

 

"To the extent that we are involved, we ought to be much more involved economically, in terms of working with them to bring that oil to market,” Spalding told Just the News.

 

 

 

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kowtow
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 Sunluver said Thankfully, we have a President that doesn't cow tow to other leaders and, as always, i wish him the best in his quest.   

 

And the first person Trump called when he put his thumb on the scales of justice for Flynn was Putin.  I think that says a lot about his loyalties. 

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I'm just happy to hear Trump doesn't tow cows. He's embarrassing enough without being seen cow towing. I mean was the cow parked in a tow away zone? Does Trump own a towing service? Is it bankrupt?

 

Oy vey.

 

 

 

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@LouLit01 wrote:

I'm just happy to hear Trump doesn't tow cows. He's embarrassing enough without being seen cow towing. I mean was the cow parked in a tow away zone? Does Trump own a towing service? Is it bankrupt?

 

Oy vey.


Trump needs the cows for the manure in his tweets and speeches.

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There really is a wonderful historic opportunity awaiting tRump.  He will likely be the First POTUS to sit in prison on state charges that he can't be pardoned for !  Then again, he could be the first POTUS to seek asylum in Russia !


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Well, look how impressed Prince Phillip of England was when meeting Trump.  I think that is the Royal salute. 

 

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Maybe it was that guy who got laughed at while giving a speech to the UN General assembly?  Him?

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OH. Well, are we talking about the guy who abandoned our allies on the battlefield in Syria? 

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We are talking about the guy who was cowering in the W.H. bunker while AMERICANS protested outside his gates, right?  Same guy?  Just checking. 

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Richva wrote:

We are talking about the guy who was cowering in the W.H. bunker while AMERICANS protested outside his gates, right?  Same guy?  Just checking. 🙄 🙄  🤣

 

Nope "We" aren't talking about the same guy, obviously.  President Trump didn't cower anywhere and cowers to nobody, ya'll just refuse to admit it.  

 

Hey Rich, don't you think it's truly a historic opportunity for President Trump though?  I sure do and again, THANKS JIMC for the post!  👍

 


 

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@jimc91 wrote:
The historic opportunity awaiting Trump to stabilize Iraq, eventually withdraw troops

 

The stakes are high for a strategic dialogue later this week between U.S. officials and new Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

 

John Solomon

 

President Trump has long railed against “endless wars,” but for much of his presidency the opportunity to move Iraq toward stability has not presented itself, thwarted by a meddlesome Iran, an ISIS insurgency, economic crisis and populist protests demanding reform.

 

But starting this week, his administration faces a significant opportunity with the strategic dialogue opening Thursday in Baghdad, which will allow U.S. officials to directly engage with Iraq’s new prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi

 

Iraq has lacked a leader like al-Kadhimi for a long time. A journalist-turned-Cabinet-secretary, al-Kadhimi proved his mettle to the West as Iraq’s intelligence chief during the war on ISIS while delicately balancing a relationship of respect with the Shia Muslims in his country aligned with Iran.

 

The window of opportunity for al-Kadhimi to succeed is real, but narrow. The coalition forces led by U.S. troops substantially disabled ISIS, although the elements of the group have begun reconstituting in the country’s northwest region.

 

An American drone strike in January took out Iran’s chief military strategist, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the architect of the IED-infused insurgency against American soldiers.

 

Oil prices have stabilized and ticked up, giving a needed boost to Iraq’s main economic engine.

And COVID-19 has distracted the entire region, including Iraq and hard-hit Iran, creating a moment of pause in the usual chaos and tension.

 

Al-Kadhimi has maximized the opportunity, unveiling a reform agenda to end corruption and security abuses and opening a dialogue with protesters and insurgents who have fueled sectarian violence.

But for al-Khadhimi to succeed long-term in his mission to return Iraq to an autonomous and stable nation state, he will need a significant show of support from the United States, from money to continued short-term military presence and flexibility with Iran.

 

Al-Kadhimi and Iraqi President Barham Salih are trying to make Iraq sovereign and secure again, and want strong ties with Washington. But they also don’t want to provoke a fight with Iran. 

Ahead of Thursday’s meetings, the Trump administration has signaled it is ready to engage.

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed a waiver to the Iran sanctions in early May, allowing Iraq to buy much needed power from its neighbor. And President Trump, without much fanfare, in late May extended the emergency executive order 13303, which started the Iraq War under George W. Bush in 2003, for another year to authorize U.S. military presence in the country.

 

But those early gestures must be followed by concrete steps if Trump wants to achieve the sort of stability that will allow him to deliver on his promise to withdraw troops from Iraq.

 

First off, Iraq needs money. Al-Kadhimi found the Iraqi treasury mostly empty when he took over. The fall in oil prices and COVID-19 worsened an already dire economic situation.

 

The first injection is the most logical: The U.S. can increase security assistance and cooperation and signal, as Trump did by renewing the executive order, that the 5,000 remaining U.S. troops aren’t abandoning Iraq quickly. 

 

Even if Trump is tempted to announce before the U.S. election a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal, as he has done in Afghanistan, there should be no ambiguity about the U.S. commitment to training and support operations, as well as intelligence operations.

 

The Pentagon has requested $645 million in FY 2021 for security assistance to Iraq through the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund (CTEF), a decline of $200 million over the past two years. The battle against ISIS has been a success, the Pentagon classifying it as a ‘low level insurgency.’ But the terrorist group is nonetheless making a comeback in northwestern Iraq. 

 

This assistance, and cooperation, matters more than ever. Perhaps an outcome of this week’s strategic meeting could be a hard look at what more Iraq needs to continue to strengthen Iraq’s capacity for security, air support, and intelligence sharing to eventually reach autonomy.

 

Another opportunity on the economic front is resurrecting oil production in the semi-autonomous region controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government, which possesses some of Iraq’s highest grade and most lucrative crude.

 

In 2014, the Obama administration launched an initiative to have U.S. oil giants help the Kurds drill and send oil to Iraq’s oil ministry for sale on the open market, but the program became paralyzed by violence by both ISIS insurgents and Iran-backed rebels.

 

There’s a unique opportunity to create a grand bargain between the KRG and Iraqi to get that oil flowing again, and fattening the lean treasury coffers of the state with a self-reliant flow of cash that is not U.S. tax dollars.

 

A third challenge comes from Iran. Iraq is Iran’s front yard. Tehran's paramilitary proxies in Iraq escalated attacks against U.S. personnel starting last December, killing and injuring Americans, and convening a mob to threaten the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. 

 

Iran crossed a line in Iraq, and Trump powerfully struck back. The U.S. killed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, Iran’s man in Iraq, in January. Tehran appears to have gotten the message, at least for now.

But Iraq needs to reclaim its own territory, without posing an overt threat to Iran.  Iraq wants good ties with Iran, but less of the heavy hand. 

 

Trump can help here by intensified security cooperation and reform in border security and other means to consolidate military authority in Iraq’s Ministry of Defense, while professionalizing its Ministry of Interior to deal with internal security. 

 

A fourth option comes from America’s partners in the Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE, who have the resources and marketplace to forge strong economic ties with Baghdad.  

Iraq Finance Minister Ali Allawi was in the Gulf recently to discuss investment and infrastructure projects, and seek billions of dollars on debt relief from Kuwait.  Money is tight in the Gulf, also reeling from low oil prices and COVID-19. But these countries have a stake in Iraq’s stability, and have the ability to create an economic counterweight to Iran

 

Ret. Brig. Gen. Robert S. Spaulding, who authored Trump’s well-received National Security Strategy in late 2017, said the administration must find the right mix of strengthening security through regional allies and growing the natural oil economy inside Iraq.

 

"To the extent that we are involved, we ought to be much more involved economically, in terms of working with them to bring that oil to market,” Spalding told Just the News.

 

 

THANK YOU jimc, for this post.  Thankfully, we have a President that doesn't cow tow to other leaders and, as always, i wish him the best in his quest.    


 

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@sunluvngal wrote:

Thankfully, we have a President that doesn't cow tow to other leaders and, as always, i wish him the best in his quest.    

Actually, Trump does "cow tow" to the ruthless dictators of our enemies .... Russia and North Korea .... while our ally leaders laugh at him!

 

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Trump will do anything to appease Putin .... including disparaging America at the Helsinki talks .... and believing Putin over his own country's 17 Intelligence Agencies!


 

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@myexper wrote:

@sunluvngal wrote:

Thankfully, we have a President that doesn't cow tow to other leaders and, as always, i wish him the best in his quest.    

Actually, Trump does "cow tow" to the ruthless dictators of our enemies .... Russia and North Korea .... while our ally leaders laugh at him!

 

PUTIN HOLDING TRUMP.png

 

Trump will do anything to appease Putin .... including disparaging America at the Helsinki talks .... and believing Putin over his own country's 17 Intelligence Agencies!   🙄  🙄

 

@myexper    Once again we disagree...imagine that.


 


 

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@sunluvngal wrote:

@myexper wrote:

@sunluvngal wrote:

Thankfully, we have a President that doesn't cow tow to other leaders and, as always, i wish him the best in his quest.    

Actually, Trump does "cow tow" to the ruthless dictators of our enemies .... Russia and North Korea .... while our ally leaders laugh at him!

 

PUTIN HOLDING TRUMP.png

 

Trump will do anything to appease Putin .... including disparaging America at the Helsinki talks .... and believing Putin over his own country's 17 Intelligence Agencies!   🙄  🙄

 

@myexper    Once again we disagree...imagine that.


 


 


@sunluvngal 

Disagreeing with facts .... imagine that!

 

 

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Sunluver said THANK YOU jimc, for this post.  Thankfully, we have a President that doesn't cow tow to other leaders and, as always, i wish him the best in his quest. 

 

He really does not get much of a chance to "cow to other leaders".  They start laughing as soon as he appears.  Do you really think Trudeau, a second generation Canadian PM, did not know when a mike was hot??

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Sunluver said: THANK YOU jimc, for this post.  Thankfully, we have a President that doesn't cow tow to other leaders and, as always, i wish him the best in his quest. 

 

Richva wrote:  He really does not get much of a chance to "cow to other leaders".  They start laughing as soon as he appears.  Do you really think Trudeau, a second generation Canadian PM, did not know when a mike was hot??

 

lol  Start laughing huh, i know i did when i just read you saying that. The FACT is that President Trump has met many other leaders (and done what no other president was ever able to accomplish) and never any bowing or cow towing and we all know it.  I'm glad Trudeau is not president of the USA, THAT'S all i have to say about that guy.

 

When the leaders all have a little get together, it looks to me like they all wish they could be President Trumps buddy...but my President is not that gullible.  He knows the phonies and socializes only to what degree is best for "We The People" of his and our country.  Gotta love him, and i do...😍


 

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@jimc91 wrote:
The historic opportunity awaiting Trump to stabilize Iraq, eventually withdraw troops

 

The stakes are high for a strategic dialogue later this week between U.S. officials and new Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

 

John Solomon

Here @jimc91 goes again using John Solomon as a resource. There must be very few resources that @jimc91 can use any more as most resources have a negative view of Donald Trump.

 

Only a man with a resume as follows could still be positive on the job Trump has done.

 

John Solomon was the editor in chief of THE WASHINGTON TIMES.

 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES is a mouthpiece for the Unification Church, better known as THE MOONIES, a CULT that has ruined many a family throughout these United States.

 

Many of the reporters at THE WASHINGTON TIMES were members of THE MOONIES and I wouldn't be surprised if Solomon was too.

 

Almost no one believes John Solomon, except for the FEW that still believe Donald Trump is doing a good job.

 

FEWER AND FEWER EACH DAY.

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There has never before, or will ever again, be a president nicknamed "Tweetybird". 

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The only historic opportunity awaiting Trump would be his resignation from The Office of President!

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I wrote you a thank you post but it's gone Someone must have hit the crybaby button.
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How about some comments on the subject matter. Wouldn't that be a novel idea.

 

Bueller? Bueller?


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The actual "Good News" is that it is looking more and more like tRump will be defeated in November, then New York can prosecute, convict, and jail tRump on state charges, which another POTUS cannot pardon him for !

 

YAY !!!!


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John F. Solomon is an American, journalist, media executive, and a conservative political commentator. He was an editorialist and executive vice president of digital video for The Hill[1] and as of October 2019, is a contributor to Fox News.[2] He was formerly an executive and editor-in-chief at The Washington Times.[3]

While he won a number of awards (including the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award) for his investigative journalism, he has in recent years been accused of magnifying small scandals and creating fake controversy.[4][5][6] During the Presidency of Donald Trump he has been advancing Trump-friendly stories, and played an important role in advancing conspiracy theories about wrongdoing involving Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and Ukraine; Solomon's stories about the Bidens influenced Trump to request that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky launch an investigation into the elder Biden, which led to an impeachment inquiry.[2]

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The historic opportunity awaiting Trump to stabilize Iraq, eventually withdraw troops

 

I looked hard but I could not find that article in any publication I've ever heard of. I mean it's out there on websites but not recognizable websites.

 

 

 

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Loulit,

 

It is on "Just the news", which is a conservative website founded by John Solomon this year.

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@sp362   In  my personal view, there is nothing more amazing that when I see   many preaching to the choir. 
If people that go to those websites think that they are  actually   getting the information that they are seeking, They should understand that the only thing about these websites is a resonant' Yes, we are all correct."
I don't know who this Solomon happens to be or what are his credentials, but I have always been very careful whom I put my confidence and trust in matters of politics.

 

 

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Roxanna35 wrote:

"In  my personal view, there is nothing more amazing that when I see   many preaching to the choir. 
If people that go to those websites think that they are  actually   getting the information that they are seeking, They should understand that the only thing about these websites is a resonant' Yes, we are all correct."
I don't know who this Solomon happens to be or what are his credentials, but I have always been very careful whom I put my confidence and trust in matters of politics.

 

It seems most people just want to go to hear the news that agrees with their views and don't want to bother to do any research.  Of course, IMO, these are the same ones who accuse others of being "sheep".

 

Loulit posted a small bio on him.  I quit reading him when he started believing in conspiracy theories.  Whether he actually believes them, or is only using them to build up an audience for his new site, only he can say.

 

Of course this article is simply his opinion.  Nothing has been accomplished yet, so there is no reason to act like this article is making any difference, especially given Solomon's recent history.

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Rox, solomon’s credibility is constantly questionable. But, trump supporters consider him a main source of their questionable information...

Any further explanation needed?

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Thanks Jim for doing the leg work posting some good news for all Americans. Less conflicts via stabilization. 


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