In Iraq, Shiite militias dominated by Iran now outnumber the formal army by at least 2:1. As the Washington Post reports:
With an estimated 100,000 to 120,000 armed men, the militias are rapidly eclipsing the depleted and demoralized Iraqi army, whose fighting strength has dwindled to about 48,000 troops since the government forces were routed in the northern city of Mosul last summer, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.
According to the Jerusalem Post, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah also revealed this week that his Iran-backed group is operating within Iraq.Needless to say, none of these groups are operating within the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice. And they are not only alleged to be butchering Sunni tribesmen, but also achieving success that will pave the way for an Iran-dominated Iraq. And U.S. airpower is assisting them.The current Administration may be convinced it can cut a hegemony-for-no-nukes deal with Iran. But most Americans, of both parties, will be less than thrilled to think we’re driving ISIS out of Iraq just to create a wholly-owned province of Iran.