The GAO is reporting that ‘we’ have lost track of 190,000 AK-47s given to the Iraqi government and Army back in 2004 and 2005. One doesn’t have to take a great leap of imagination to surmise that some of those weapons were used against American troops. Despite some horrible aberrations, the problem is not the American military. The problem was, is, and will be that there is no center of control. There is no strong central government un-splintered by sects that can control violence.
The hours with electricity in Baghdad are even fewer than a few months ago..the cities that were getting a lot of the electricity that had been siphoned off from Baghdad are now facing shortages, largely because of sabotage. A surge really is needed, but the center is not holding.
Those folks who decry and belittle those of us who oppose this war as defeatists and pro-terror need to explain what really is being accomplished. If we occupy Iraq for the next twenty years, we can continue to control some of the country and give the people who want to be free of sectarianism a haven, but ultimately, Iraq is not going to be the 51st state, despite having more money dumped into it than any state in the real union.
The truth of the matter is that we are arming all sides in the civil war, and attempting to provide a center. Candidates for the Presidency who cling to the current policies will be doomed. Candidates for Presidency who don’t believe in the current policy better be clear on the alternatives. So far, I’m not real impressed by either side.