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Report: 1 Year Before Iraq Can Handle Security

From the New York Times:


Panel Sees More Than a Year Before Iraq Can Handle Security

By DAVID S. CLOUD

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 — A report by an independent commission created by Congress says that it will be at least 12 to 18 months before Iraq’s army and police can take charge of the country’s security, pushing further into the future estimates of when American forces can step back from their leading role…

The 20-member commission, headed by Gen. James L. Jones of the Marines, now retired, found that the Iraqi armed forces, especially the army, were steadily improving but still suffering from “limited operational effectiveness,” according to a copy of the panel’s report that was being circulated Wednesday in advance of its formal release.

The early disclosure was the latest in a series of such efforts by both sides that seem timed to influence the current debate

Allies of the White House are likely to point to the report as evidence of the dangers inherent in any rapid withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, and a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday that the administration remained committed “to stay as long as it takes to get the Iraqi Army back on its feet.” …

Democratic lawmakers who have returned recently from Iraq have called attention to what they called surprising improvements in the Iraqi Army, which they contend can allow the United States to draw down rapidly without leaving Iraq in chaos.

The report provided some basis for that view, saying that while there had been “uneven progress” over all in the military and the police, there also “should be increasing improvement in both their readiness and their capability to provide for the internal security of Iraq.” If military gains from the presence of additional American troops in Iraq continue, the report concluded, it might be possible to shift the role of some American forces in early 2008 so that the Iraqi Army takes on “more responsibility for daily combat operations.”

The report by the commission was most harshly critical of the Iraqi police, calling them “incapable” of protecting Iraqi neighborhoods. In a finding that was initially reported last week, the panel called for disbanding the Shiite-dominated 26,000-member national police, which the report said was crippled by public distrust and sectarianism…

The commission, which spent three weeks in Iraq and conducted more than 150 interviews, consists of former or retired military officers, Defense Department officials and law enforcement officers. Senator Robert C. Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Senator John Warner, a Republican from Virginia, came up with the idea for an outside examination of the readiness of the Iraqi security forces. The delivery of the report was timed to coincide with an assessment of conditions in Iraq scheduled to be delivered next week by Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, and Ryan C. Crocker, the ambassador to Iraq…

Well the timing was obvious.

The early disclosure [of the report] was the latest in a series of such efforts by both sides that seem timed to influence the current debate.

So this Congressionally appointed “independent study group” leaked its own report to try to influence the current debate?

How “independent” of them.

Of course it is preposterous to claim that any group appointed by the Democrat surrenderists in Congress would be “independent” about anything.

But it actuality they seemed to have shot themselves in the foot:

Allies of the White House are likely to point to the report as evidence of the dangers inherent in any rapid withdrawal of American forces from Iraq…

Well, how can it be argued any other way?

If the Iraqis are not prepared to run the country after the US leaves, every sane person recognizes there were be chaos and eventually disaster in the region.

So even when Congress gets the report they wanted, it isn’t really the report they wanted.

And that is simply because we really have no other choice at this juncture but to stay in Iraq until it can be stabilized.

Democratic lawmakers who have returned recently from Iraq have called attention to what they called surprising improvements in the Iraqi Army, which they contend can allow the United States to draw down rapidly without leaving Iraq in chaos.

Ah, now the surge is working. It is to laugh at how shameless these hacks are.

And speaking of hacks:

Senator Robert C. Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, and Senator John Warner, a Republican from Virginia, came up with the idea for an outside examination of the readiness of the Iraqi security forces…

What a surprise that these two old women, the two biggest “cut and runners” in the Congress, would be behind this “independent” report.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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