U.S Senate watching Iraq
The importance of an inclusive, democratic Iraq stressed
The US President has urged the Iraqi Government to counter the increasingly active terrorist groups in the country, but President Obama did not offer any new military aid to the government. At the same time, his proposed Kurdish policy stresses the importance of an inclusive and democratic Iraq.
As an unexpected consequence of the invasion, and of misinformation provided by the US authorities, the American people perspective are increasingly negative about George W. Bush’s decision to initiate an offensive. That is why US public opinion about the invasion of Iraq has changed significantly since the years before the incursion.
Security concerns would top the US agenda for the Iraqi government throughout the administration and Congress. The US is concerned about Iraq’s political balance and is likely to address the Iraqi government about the cost of excluding Sunnis, Kurds and other ethnic minorities. The bad policies currently being pursued by the Iraqi Government are identical to the policies that drove Iraq towards civil war a decade ago. The US fears the same fate could befall Iraq once again.
The KRG provides a shining example of a modern federal democratic country. As stipulated by the Iraqi constitution, Iraq will be divided into federal regions that will handle their own domestic affairs, leaving the Baghdad central government to deal with international affairs. In an unusual step, foreign policy leaders in the Senate warned that the Iraqi government may be pulling the country back towards civil war.
Leaders of the Senate Defense and Foreign Affairs committees said the Iraqi government is contributing to what the lawmakers call an alarming slide toward sectarian violence compounded by the Syrian civil war next door. The Iraqi government’s mismanagement of Iraqi politics is contributing to a recent surge in violence. They also believe the Iraqi government is overly dominated by Iran, and that its mistreatment of the Sunnis and Kurds is pushing that minority group towards extremism.
The Obama administration has tried without much success to foster a more inclusive government in Baghdad. The US President’s request for more counterterrorism aid is the other side of this policy. Iraq wants to buy U.S.-made Apache helicopters and other equipment. The Iraqi government has stressed its desire to purchase US equipment as a means of strengthening longterm institutional ties with the United States.
The Iraqi government has reportedly asked for Apache attack helicopters and other arms from the US. However, the US President did not announce any new military aid. He believes al-Qaeda has grown more active in recent months, and would like to know how the US can work with the Iraqi government to push back the terrorist organization that operates in Iraq, but also poses a threat to the entire region and to the United States itself. The capacity of a political system to respond to the preferences of its citizens is central to democratic theory and practice. In the US, public opinion continues to exert a strong and persistent impact on public policy.
The Kurds and President Barzani have also stressed that the State of Iraq should achieve the principles defined under its current constitution as an Islamic, democratic, federal parliamentary republic.