Barack Obama admits US ‘does not have complete strategy’ for training Iraqi forces

President Barack Obama on Monday admitted that American forces still “don’t have a complete strategy” for training up Iraqi troops to stand their ground against Islamic State fighters.

Six months after the US began re-training Iraqi forces following a series of high-profile battlefield defeats, much of Iraq’s military still seems unable to match the intensity of the jihadist fighters.

Iraqi forces have performed so poorly in combat that Ash Carter, the US secretary of defence, said recently they “showed no will to fight” in defence of the key city of Ramadi.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    A “complete” strategy?
    I’d be happy to see one at all.

    • Frau Katze

      They are a new group…but his administration should be able to come up with something. He’s surrounded himself with people like him….that’s part of the problem.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    How many times have we squandered our resources on unworthy allies? Plenty, it seems.

  • He doesn’t have a strategy because he doesn’t care.

    It’s not just his antipathy to Israel and Christian. An unstable Middle East (with Iran being the stronger party) means he doesn’t have to bow as deeply to either the Iranians or Saudis. He can play both sides. As long as Israel is gone, he is happy.

    • Sir Roderick Spode

      I saw Dinesh D’Souza “Obama’s America” some time ago and thought it was a bit flaky. A Conservative polemical equivalence of Micheal Moore. Now not so much. They way things are developing I can well believe he wants Israel gone and will help to achieve this. I know it is sometimes easy to confuse stupidity with malice but the more you find out about what he has been up to whilst making nice to MSM and low information voters. More so they near on jailed Dinesh for doing what Hillary’s supporters do routinely.

      • I believe Obama wants Israel gone and does not care who does it. He will support Iran, the Saudis, even ISIS if that end is achieved.

  • Sir Roderick Spode

    I am not sure there is much by way of options. There are so many parallels with Vietnam as told by Hackworth in “About Face”. No one in the military structure was able to say. These Iraqis are not competent will not be paid or equipped. It was doomed from the start. Much and all as I hate the prick. Maliki was always going to be a proxy for Tehran. Read his bio!! The cards just were never on the table for a winning hand.

  • G

    So, am I to believe that ISIS has a BETTER training program than the Iraqi/Us military?
    Here’s a simpler alternative. The Iraqis are gutless, useless, corrupt cowards (gee, just like their brethren in Afghanistan) who want to sit back and let others do the fighting for them.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Blame it on Bush. Bam. Strategy done. Where’s my Intergalactic Nobel Prize of Everything.