General John Abizaid: Iraq Is As Bad As I’ve Seen It


In the four years from 1941-45, America fought two wars on different sides of the earth; developed, built, and deployed atomic weapons; and thought through those important words, “What comes next.”
Nearly five years after bin Laden, despite an American occupation, Iraq is about to blow. We are still engaged in fighting — and the problems are increasing, not only in Iraq but also in Afghanistan.
Let’s just forget for a moment that some in the Bush administration advocated Israel striking Syria — and that we have a hot crisis in the Middle East between Israel and Lebanon, a bleeding ulcer in the Palestine-Israel conflict, and a brewing set of problems with both Iran and North Korea.
This exchange today at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

SEN. CARL LEVIN: Do you agree, General, that — with the ambassador from Britain to Iraq that Iraq is sliding towards civil war?
GEN. ABIZAID: I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I’ve seen it, in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move towards civil war.

— Steve Clemons


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