In the first article in a series about training the new Iraqi military:
There’s a directive that T.E. Lawrence penned in 1917 that is part of a classified briefing members of the U.S.-led training effort give to distinguished visitors. It reads:
“Do not try to do too much with your own hands. Better the Arabs do it tolerably than that you do it perfectly. It is their war, and you are to help them, not win it for them.”
We’ve been seeing more and more activity from the Iraqi forces, and I’m hoping it’s not all hype. Remember that the British and French governments really didn’t take much of Lawrence’s advice, and look how the Middle East turned out. It’s important that the Iraqis begin taking on more and more responsibility.