Monday, June 11, 2007

Arm them all

Following up on the U.S. arming Sunni's in Iraq, or our leaders are idiots:
BAGHDAD, June 10 — With the four-month-old increase in American troops
showing only modest success in curbing insurgent attacks, American commanders
are turning to another strategy that they acknowledge is fraught with risk: arming Sunni Arab groups that have promised to fight militants linked with Al Qaeda who have been their allies in the past. [...]

... In some cases, the American commanders say, the Sunni groups are suspected of involvement in past attacks on American troops or of having links to such groups. Some of these groups, they say, have been provided, usually through Iraqi military units allied with the Americans, with arms, ammunition, cash, fuel and supplies.

Of course, arming both sides of a conflict helps promote peace, right?
It's the least we could do after helping establish Shi'ite death squads in the Iraqi Interior Ministry and arming the Badr Brigade Iraqi Army, which is often comprised primarily of Shi'ites, except in Northern Iraq where the Kurds predominate.

I liked Boomans take on it:

So, when does Bush announce we're going to use tactical nukes to take out the
United States military? That's the next logical step for dealing with a state sponsor of terrorism, isn't it? And isn't what these US commanders are now doing the raison
for Our Dear Leader's order authorizing US forces to kill or capture Iranians in
Iraq? Namely, the arming and training of Iraqi insurgents who are killing Americans? Well, wasn't it?

If all this makes your head spin, imagine how it feels to be an American soldier in Iraq this morning. Must be nice to know that the very people who blew off your buddy's arms and legs, or crushed his skull in an IED attack yesterday, are now the recipients of US Government largesse. Especially since the US government has been sooo good about taking care of our disabled vets, once they can no longer serve as target practice for many of these same insurgents.

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