Washington Post reporter Thomas Ricks’ piece exposes the serious U.S. failures to train Iraqi security forces and confirms the worst fears of many Americans.
We’re not succeeding at this, either.
Remember, training Iraqis to stand up has been the centerpiece of U.S. strategy for getting out of Iraq, and is likely to figure large in the Baker study group recommendations.
The Army’s own exit interviews with officers found widespread criticism of the training efforts as under-resourced, undermanned and underplanned. As Ricks reports, “Many said they felt poorly supported by the Army while in Iraq, with intermittent shipments of supplies and interpreters who often did not seem to understand English.”
Sound familiar? Further evidence of the administration’s almost criminal incompetence and poor planning.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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