One of the first things which the George W. Bush administration did after the invasion of Iraq was to order people in Iraq to surrender their guns. This was a stupid thing to do. Only people who supported America obeyed, so the immediate result was to weaken the allies of America, and make it easier for the enemies of America to seize power.
The George W. Bush adminstration is trying to disarm Iraq, but the George W. Bush administration is not saying how Iraq will be defended in the future. If the Iraq army is too weak to defend Iraq, then America will need to maintain 30,000 to 60,000 soldiers in Iraq permanently to defend Iraq. I think America should encourage Iraq to build an army of 300,000 to 400,000 soldiers; mostly reserves; well equipped and trained; with tanks, jet fighters, etc; so that Iraq can defend itself, and America does not need to maintain an army in Iraq.
The George W. Bush administration appears to be planning to prevent the new Iraq from having a strong army. Probably the George W. Bush administration thinks that the world will be safer if Iraq is disarmed, and that a weak Iraq will be dependent on and easily controlled by America.
This is a mistake. America made the same mistake in South Korea and in South Vietnam. The military weakness of South Korea and South Vietnam encourage the communists to think the communists could easily conquer South Korea and South Vietnam, and then the american army had to fight to defend South Korea and South Vietnam. The defencelessness of South Korea and South Vietnam was not inevitable; it was a deliberate policy by stupid imperialists in the american government, who thought that if South Korea and South Vietnam were weak and defenceless, then South Korea and South Vietnam could be more easily controlled by America. America could have prevented the Korean War by building up the army of South Korea in 1946. America could have prevented the Vietnam War by building up the army of South Vietnam in 1958, and South Vietnam would be a free nation today..
The sooner the police and army of Iraq are trained, the sooner the american army can be withdrawn from Iraq. America should have begun training the new army and police of Iraq as soon as possible after the invasion. America should have planned the new army and police of Iraq before invading Iraq, so the training of the army and police could begin as soon as possible. Training manuals and written tests could have been created and printed before the invasion. Recruitment campaigns could have been planned before the invasion. Equipment could have been acquired before the invasion. America should have done as much as possible before the invasion so that the new army and police could be created as rapidly as possible.
A militarily weak Iraq will be politically unstable. A militarily weak Iraq will invite invasion, so war will be more likely in the future. A militarily weak Iraq will require a permanent american army for defense, which will cost america a lot of money. A militarily weak Iraq will require strong american support, which will inevitable lead to american meddling in Iraqi affairs, which will lead to more antiamericanism in Iraq and less iraqi support for the government of Iraq, which will make Iraq less politically stable.
America should not try to disarm Iraq. If America disarms Iraq, then it looks like America is trying to make it impossible for anyone to resist America, so America can rule the world. By not disarming Iraq, America will reassure everyone that America is not trying to rule the world.
Furthermore, if Iraq is a military power, then Iraq can help oppose some of our other enemies.
A militarily strong Iraq will be good for America. America should have rebuilt the iraqi army as soon as possible after overthrowing Saddam Hussein.
A new army for Iraq will require new equipment. The new equipment will have to be provided by America. The american army brought many guns, tanks, airplanes, etc to Iraq to use for overthrowing Saddam Hussein. After overthrowing Saddam Hussein, the american army could have given all the guns, tanks, airplanes, etc to the new iraqi army. New equipment could be manufactured for the american army. This would save on transportation costs, because the alternative is to transport all the equipment back to America, then manufacture new equipment for the iraqi army, and then transport the new equipment to Iraq.