So, when will Iraq take care of itself?

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    'It's Time for the Iraqis to Step Up'
    Local Forces' Conduct During Mission to Help Disabled Children Raises Questions About Future After U.S. Withdrawal

    By Ernesto LondoƱo
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Sunday, May 10, 2009

    BAGHDAD -- Under the glare of a Humvee's headlights, Brad Blauser broke a sweat assembling a pediatric wheelchair as a small group of Iraqi soldiers observed quietly.

    The idea was to train the Iraqis so that when the time came to distribute the wheelchairs, Blauser and the 20 or so U.S. soldiers who coordinated the giveaway could fade into the background as Iraqi troops presented 32 fully assembled wheelchairs to disabled children.

    "We're trying to build rapport," said Staff Sgt. Craig Jackson, 34, of Pennsylvania, one of the squad leaders working with Blauser. "Show them that their government is trying to help its people."

    But the mission in Fadhil, a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, showed quite the opposite. It raised questions that haunt U.S. troops as they prepare to pull out of Iraqi cities by June 30: When the Americans leave, how will the Iraqi forces behave? Will the billions of dollars and thousands of lives spent propping up and legitimizing the Iraqi government prove to have been a poor investment?

    Thirty minutes into the assembly tutorial, the crowd of Iraqi soldiers thinned as curiosity gave way to boredom. Soon, Blauser, 43, found himself surrounded mainly by U.S. troops.

    "What happened to all the people who were supposed to be helping put these together?" demanded Jackson, visibly irked. "We're not doing it."

    But there was no time to prod the Iraqis into action; it was getting late. So after the first wheelchair was assembled, Blauser and the American soldiers unpacked the remaining 31 and put them together with little assistance from the Iraqis.

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    yep, fighting for the freedom of a people who are unwilling to fight for it themselves

    that's gonna work [/sarcasm]
     
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    LOL! There's that reading problem again.... Dayum.... And the headline was in BOLD....
     
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    You mean now that they don't hate us for our freedom?

    Good question.
     
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    Gee.... You talkin' about the little people? Or the big people who are supposed to "take over" the job?
     
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    I'm talking about the waste of American resources that the invbasion of Iraq was from day one to date.
     
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    Ohhhh..... I absolutely see how that relates to your original question.... :lol:
     
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    The original question is worded wrong. Whose to say that they dont start taking care of themselves and completly fall apart. Did anybody think of that?
    Think of the situation.
    The american support is leaving. They have a new government. Terrorists throughout the country. And no one in that country knows how an economy works. And to top it all off they have an army that is fresh out the gates. So wat do u think wil happen?
     
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    their culture subscribes to the rule of the strongest tribal leader

    will that inclination subside in favor of following democratically elected officials, once we are no longer a significant presence to impose democratic action on them?
     
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    Good point. I feel like the democracy that is newly created may last a while. But jus as a cover up. Or until someone takes power a terrorist group. Is there even a solution to Iraq?
     

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