What is the state of democracy in iraq o us provided

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After getting rid of Saddam Hussein, it was up to the Iraqis to finish the job. What is the state of democracy in Iraq? o US provided necessities (food, money, troops). But democracy is left up to Iraqis o If job fails, can blame Iraqis (way out for US) o No country will be run by foreigners, why US left government up to Iraqis From 2003 to present (every single year), Freedom House has ranked Iraq NOT FREE Iraq has a democratically elected government doing a poor job. o Performs poorly when it comes to good government (NO freedom of press, association, government doesn’t govern): Failed every single criterion by Freedom House IS the absence of a well-functioning democratic government in Iraq evidence that the war did not accomplish its mission? o No connection with 9/11, US collapsed USSR (no opposition to US) o Soviets out of the picture, US has always needed to have a rhetorical presentation of America’s power until USSR collapsed; US wants to ‘combine power with values’ o Purpose of US spreading power, spread democracy o After US comes in and put in a democracy, USSR would take over o Cannot have democracy, badly run democracies; needed a military government o Saw Iraq and now Soviets cannot capture, Iraq was a example US wanted to put in o NONE worked, Iraq doesn’t have a functioning democracy o Military and political mission FAILED o Obama and Trump against Iraq war (no one wants to be linked to this war) B) The purpose of the Iraq war was to ensure US control over oil reserves and production War was the first step in the transformation of the Iraqi State-Run economy into a market economy, including privatization of the oil industry
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o From State-owned oil to private owned/market economy War for control of an essential natural resource (Oil) o Oil, water (natural resources) that fetches nice price in market, will use military force to take control Iraq has 12% of the proven oil reserves in the world Increase in demand for oil increase in the price of oil o Natural disaster, war, industrialization, etc. can bring a high demand for oil o There’s a fixed amount of oil (supply) in world, non-renewable resource o ~70-80 USD /barrel of oil today Who will get the largest share of Iraq’s oil wealth? o What’s key is the income stream of oil o Private corporations get the largest share of oil wealth o The higher the degree of control of market, the larger the oil income o Corporations take money out at specific points o US taxes oil production/distribution in Iraq, US government makes money off of oil o US try to retain largest share of oil through taxes o Conflict between government and private contractors, government needs to negotiate to get largest ‘slice’ of cake; Both takes a slice out of oil revenues o Iraq only has oil, nothing else. None of oil revenues go to Iraqi people o Government becomes negotiator to see who gets larger share of government o US knew that by capturing government, access to oil reserves o Iraqis don’t pay taxes because so much money from oil revenues, all the money funding the government is from oil o
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