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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Troubling reports from the Iraqi Army

Sounds like instead of "standing up," alot of the Iraqi soldiers are choosing to sit it out.
U.S. Marines working with the brigade told Stars and Stripes, the U.S. armed forces newspaper, that its strength dropped from 2,200 soldiers in December to 1,400 in May.

"Many of my soldiers have not gotten paid in six months," Uosef said. "Sometimes, they don't eat for two or three days at a time. I tell my commander, but what else am I supposed to do?"(Lt. Moktat Uosef is a company commander in the 4th Brigade of the 7th Iraqi Army Division.)

From a US policy perspective, how unforgivable is this? Not that there are Iraqi desertions, in the big picture, that is somewhat out of US control, but that they're deserting for not getting paid. They're not getting food.

In the current Iraqi economy, men would do incredible things if they had a stable and secure guaranteed salary to support their families. I know that the Iraqi Army payroll is technically handled by the Iraqi government, but is there any higher priority for the US right now than making sure that the Iraqi Army is stable and peopled by good men?

And if 1% of those desertions(I would bet it's far higher) end up fighting against US troops, what is the cost of that?

How is this not fixed by now?

4 Comments:

  • It is a disgrace that Rumsfeld has not trained a competent Iraqi army or police force in 3 1/2 years.

    It is a disgrace that Rummy has not got the utilities working for a majority of Iraq in 3 1/2 years.

    It is a disgrace that Rummy has not got the oil flowing in 3 1/2 years.

    These are only a few of the mistakes made by Rumsfeld, but very bad mistakes indeed.

    By Blogger Time, at 3:49 PM  

  • I bet our "contractors" dont go unpaid. Rumsfeld needs to have a brain hemmorage yesterday.

    By Blogger Left of Center, at 4:09 PM  

  • You're both right. It's all on him.

    But Bush won't fire him because he doesn't want to take the political hit. And the longer he resists, the more of a backdown it'll be for him to fire Rumsfeld, making it even less likely.

    People are dying because of Bush's concern with politics and his legacy.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:55 PM  

  • I recently did some satire on this topic.

    But no question the problem of the Iraqi Army is a profound one.

    By Blogger Kvatch, at 2:23 PM  

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