Sunday, April 22, 2007

In a reversal, U.S. reliance on Iraqi army is fading

From McClatchy via the Kansas City Star:

Military planners have abandoned the idea that shaping up Iraqi troops will enable American soldiers to soon start coming home.

They now think that U.S. troops will have to defeat the insurgents and secure control of troubled provinces.

Training Iraqi troops, which had been the cornerstone of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy since 2005, has dropped in priority, officials in Baghdad and Washington said.


But U.S. forces complained that the Iraqi forces weren’t getting the support from their government and that Iraqi military commanders, many of whom worked under Saddam Hussein, weren’t as willing to embrace their tactics. Among everyday Iraqis, some said they didn’t trust their forces, saying they were sectarian and easily susceptible to corruption.

Most important, insurgents and militiamen had infiltrated the forces, using their power to carry out sectarian attacks.

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Right, well, the left has been pointing out for many months to anyone who would listen that the whole "train the Iraqis" thing was no more than wishful thinking. I mean, I've known about insurgent infiltration of the Iraqi military for like a couple of years now; it has long been obvious that there wasn't a chance in hell that relying on the Iraqis was going to work. Of course, relying on US forces isn't going to work, either: short of genocide, there is simply no way to militarily defeat a determined insurgency. We're fucked over there, and I'm pretty sure that the Pentagon knows it, too. So there are a couple of questions here. Does Bush know that there is no military solution in Iraq, and if so, why does he persist? If he's too stupid to know, which administration insiders are pushing for our continued presence? And do these hypothetical insiders honestly believe in what they're doing? Whichever White House scenario turns out to be the truth, we're all being fucked over bigtime. They're either lying for cynical political purposes or straight-up incompetent.

Why the hell won't the Democrats impeach the hell out of these people?