Iraq: The Bungled Transition, How bad can things get? The Making of a Mess Far graver than Vietnam
September 21, 2004 10:21 PM Subscribe
Iraq: The Bungled Transition. Iraq: How bad can things get?
--The Making of a Mess
. Far graver than Vietnam,
some now see a Classic guerrilla war forming in Iraq
with an Enemy With Many Faces
. Iraqi Shiite philosopher--as Juan Cole calls him--and blogger Abbas Kadhim of Calling It Like It Is
, likens the Allawi government to an onion farm
--This lack of discipline within the Iraqi interim government is not accidental. Indeed, it is the manifestation of a bigger problem: the members of the cabinet consider themselves above the restraints of their respective positions in the government... After all, their nominal chief, Allawi did not choose them, like all prime ministers do to a certain degree. They were simply imposed upon him, and for all practical purposes, he is unable to dismiss any one of them. Iyad Allawi is stuck with a concoction of personalities that may compose a parliament rather than an executive branch.
--and as US-backed armies firing blanks
notes: Since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Washington has been struggling to create a 40,000-strong military force... according to Brigadier General James Schwitters, who is part of the US command responsible for training Iraq's new army, only 3,000 of the soldiers could be regarded as having been militarily trained, as of early August.
From March to 2003 to August 2004, the Coalition trained 3,00 Iraqi soldiers. Well? Feelin' lucky, punk?
/Dirty Harry (More Inside)
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