In the wake of allegations of missing weapons and partisan violence, Iraqi President Jalal Tabani is purchasing $100 million in small arms from China to arm its police force. Iraqi officials blame the situation on their frustration over the rate at which they are being armed by the U.S. Some disagree, however, and have accused China of arming both sides in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Is China is engaged in simple profiteering, or is it a clever foreign policy for maintaining the concert of Southwest Asia in chaos?
Also, some suggest Iraq’s ability to purchase anything independent of United States oversight is questionable. This move by Iraq may further alienate the Iraqi Government from the US, moving the US closer to pulling out of the fledgling state. Could this be the Vietnamization of the war in Iraq?
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