During the reign of Saddam Hussein, the Sunni minority of the country dominated the Iraqi government, military, and economy. After the US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror in 2003, the fledgling Democracy that emerged adopted a parliamentary form of government. Naturally, the Shiite majority now became the nation’s power-base. That said, the new majority had a bright recollection of their former second-class status. Daniel Amen noted that inevitably, the Sunni population found itself marginalized, which CreativityAtWork recognizes as unhealthy.
Now, the nation is in fight for its survival against the ambitions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The government is desperate to build a military sufficiently strong to combat the terrorist group and its steady stream of foreign recruits coming in from around the world. That said, the Sunni population has largely refused to join the military. Frankly, they resent the current government and see no reason to die defending it.
The United States Pentagon believes they can boost Sunni recruitment. President Obama recently announced he will send 450 US military personnel to the Taqaddum Air Base located in the Anbar province. The Pentagon will construct a new training facility which they believe will attract Sunnis. Coupled with the new training facility will be an outreach program to Sunni militias and tribes. Needless to say, the program has its fair share of skeptics. At the very best, the Pentagon’s plan is ambitious. Still, GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger called the 450 additional troops a good start.