LOS ANGELES, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The United States made a mistake to send troops to Iraq in 2003, and it is not worthwhile for Americans to fight in Iraq again this time, a U.S. expert said Friday.
David DeVoss, former senior Time magazine correspondent and project director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Iraq for five years, said that based on his own observation in Iraq, Iraqis in general have never welcomed U.S. troops there.
The United States has lost over 4,400 lives in the Iraq War but till now the problems in Iraq have not been solved, or perhaps more problems have been created, he said.
"I do not think there is any reason that the United States will go back now," DeVoss told Xinhua, adding that the U.S. action in Iraq was disastrous.
"I think it would be a tremendous public anger in the United States if the government sends troops back to Iraq," said DeVoss.
DeVoss had been sent to Iraq to work for USAID from 2004 to 2005, and from 2009 to 2012. He said there have been long protests against the United States in the country from 2003 to 2011.
He said there is even no desire from Iraqis to establish non-military relationship with the United States.
Asked what is the best choice for the United States now facing the new situation there, DeVoss said it is unwise for the United States to go back again.
"Why the United States should spend tens of millions of dollars to support a government that hates us?" DeVoss asked.
DeVoss has visited many cities in Iraq during his stay there. He said his project in Iraq was to help the middle class to grow and build a sound commercial banking system.
"Iraqis seemed to welcome U.S. money there but not U.S. forces," said DeVoss.
He said it is a mistake for the Iraqi government to expel all the Sunnis from the government, and ethnic conflict has intensified between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. Washington can do nothing to help in this field, he said.
In his opinion, the opposition forces, mainly Sunnis, could not control the whole country because Shiites are strong in southern Iraq. The worst situation there without U.S. military intervention is that Iraq could be divided into several parts controlled by different ethnic groups, he warned.
Sunni militants have seized two important Iraqi cities this week and have moved close to the capital city of Baghdad. The United States is debating on ways to stop the Sunnis from getting control of the whole country.
U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement Friday that the United States will not send any troops back into combat in Iraq, but he has asked his national security team to prepare other options such as airstrikes.
GENEVA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday expressed extreme alarm at the dramatic deterioration of the situation in Iraq.
Pillay's remarks came after bloody clashes broke out last week between the Iraqi security forces and hundreds of gunmen who took control of several neighborhoods in western part of Mosul and other areas and provinces, which forced massive displacement of some half a million people.Full story