LastDayWatchers take note of the failures
"The current Iraqi government of Nuri al-Maliki has concluded a contract to buy Russian arms worth more than $4.2 billion."
according to a joint statement issued after negotiations between Maliki and Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev.
The deal features attack helicopters and surface-to-air missile systems. Further discussions under way between Russia and Iraq aim at additional arms sales that would include MiG-29 fighters, more helicopters and other heavy weaponry.
It is not out of the question for Russia to replace the United States in the foreseeable future as Iraq's largest arms supplier.
We can draw several implications from this news. One is that it fills in further the picture of what legacy was left in Iraq by the U.S. war that ousted Saddam.
Several years of instability and short-lived regimes in Iraq followed until the Baath Party regained control and Saddam Hussein emerged from it to establish his dictatorship.
We can draw several implications from this news. One is that it fills in further the picture of what legacy was left in Iraq by the U.S. war that ousted Saddam. The regime that emerged from the rubble is not only increasingly authoritarian and narrowly sectarian and not only chummy with Iran; it also is becoming a client of Moscow. A trifecta of failure.
Finally, the fact that Iraq's latest turn is reminiscent of what happened in the late 1950s suggests that the arrow of time in the Middle East does not point as much in one direction as many like to think it does."
“We need to arm [ourselves] to protect our oil wealth after the [Iraqi] military infrastructure was destroyed,” Zamili said.
He added that the Russian missiles and radar will be set up inside the Kurdistan region following approval by the region’s government, or on the region’s borders to monitor Turkish and Iranian violations."