Granite TAHG Summer 2013, Unit 4. Post-Vietnam U.S. Military Conflicts. Day 3: After “9/11”. Afghanistan and Iraq . How to Avoid “Nation Building:” the Dream of Military “Transformation”. Per Bush Admin Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and multiple defense intellectuals, think tanks, etc.
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U.S. Military Conflicts
Afghanistan and Iraq
Twelve Years and Counting
The three regions of today correspond roughly to three different autonomous Ottoman provinces
Northeast Iraq is dominated by the Kurds, with a Saddam-Era minority of imported Shia from the far South
Future crisis point: Kirkuk, which sits on a large oil reserves
The “Triangle” above Baghdad and the Western desert are Sunni-dominated
Ethnic cleansing in 2005-6 removed most Sunnis from Baghdad East of the Tigris
Southern Iraq and the lower river courses are Shia Dominated