The Deaf Claque

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“The Things They Carried” minus O’Brien


A few days ago (Tuesday), WaPo published an op-ed written by 12 former Army Captains who all served in during the present war. This article seems to summarize it better than I could hope to:

“Iraqi security forces would not be able to salvage the situation. Even if all the Iraqi military and police were properly trained, equipped and truly committed, their 346,000 personnel would be too few. As it is, Iraqi soldiers quit at will. The police are effectively controlled by militias. And, again, corruption is debilitating. U.S. tax dollars enrich self-serving generals and support the very elements that will battle each other after we’re gone.”

It’s interesting to hear former military personnel say this. This opinion seems so pervasive that I have a hard time believing that Bush genuinely doesn’t understand the situation. Maybe another motive? I’m not conspiracy theorist and its possible that I just don’t want to believe Bush is using is power for personal, ideological ends. Not that he hasn’t done that before, what with “leading” (and it should be noted that you can’t have a “leader “without followers) us into the war and all, but on such a tragic scale…wow…

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October 20, 2007 - Posted by | Iraq War

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