In Iraq War 3.0, whose boots will actually be on the ground? A prediction by nemo paradise:
So, if the Kurds (excellent cavalrymen all, and demonstrably fierce warriors) and the “Iraqi security forces” (who, when they last encountered ISIS, ran like scalded dogs, littering the battlefield with weapons ranging from pistols and rifles to armored personnel carriers and field artillery) are going to do the actual fighting, what is left for the US/Euro coalition?
According to our sources, the following assignments are contemplated:
Britain: Blathering and pettifoggery.
Australia: Loud insults.
Turkey: Colorful banners.
Italy: White flags.
Denmark: Skis and luges.
At least they’re contributing in the way they know best. I am minded of General Schwarzkopf’s comment on our catering-minded ally: “Going to war without the French is like going deer hunting without your accordion.”