Security Ministries on Hold

The world is getting ready to start a war against IS, and Iraq will be its main battlefield. Before Abadi proposes another list of new candidates for consideration in the next session, the Iraqi political forces should redefine the objectives of the ministers of interior and defense. The tasks of these two ministries require wide coordination with the international alliance against IS, and they will take part in rebuilding the Iraqi army and police and preparing them to fulfill their security roles.

They face a critical mission to save Iraq, protect its unity and its territories and prevent social collapse. The security collapse and lack of vision by the security and military forces must be urgently remedied, and the parliament's failure to choose the security and defense ministers amid the international race to form an anti-IS alliance suggests that progress will not come quickly enough. Even when the parliament does succeed in forming these ministries, the practice of appointing individuals to positions based on personal and political relationships does not bode well for success.

The negotiations among blocs over this issue have become a bidding war. In only one week, several names were proposed; some of them more realistic than others. More names have been added daily to the political auction.

The ministers of defense and interior should not be selected on the basis of personal relationships. Instead, certain requirements should constrain the choices for these two positions, away from factional considerations. Their election should not breed divisions between the parties, blocs and figures, but bring them together to work.

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