Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Training Days

One of the themes getting traction from the occupation's remaining supporters is the "increasing effectiveness" of Iraqi troops. As straws go, this one's good for grasping. But it's a curious claim. Those making it must have incredible sources, since the hard data on Iraqi troop readiness has been classified since 2005. Earlier this year, the U.S. government's top internal auditor tried to get a statutorily-required update from the Bush administration. Here's what happened.


Blogger Tony said...

David Walker should watch himself. He is quoted in the article as saying We've received high-level briefings that are helpful, but not adequate...

You just can't go by how many people you trained," he said. "Of the people that you've trained, how many are left? To what extent do they have loyalty to the unified government of Iraq? To what extent are they properly equipped? To what extent do they have appropriate support?

The same David Walker was on 60 Minutes Sunday castigating the entire government infrastructure on their dithering over the federal budget and entitlements, especially Medicare and the Prez'nit's Medicare Part D drug boondoggle.

Walker is becoming a bit of a high profile thorn, and I wouldn't trust the administration to stand by and watch this for too long.

7/10/2007 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRC you still haven't fully grasped the method.

The warmongers can say whatever they want, and it is "truth," UNLESS someone can prove otherwise (and even then, it often remains "truth.")

There's too many examples to list, one of my favorites, that's still popping up as "truth" is: "Plame was not covert."

7/10/2007 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that amazing about the "Plame was not covert" meme? Look in any Letters to the Editor section of any newspaper and you will see some "true believer" saying that Plame was not covert and that the whole Libby prosecution was a scheme by Democrats.

No shame at all. But then again, without accountability, why should they tell the truth?

7/10/2007 1:52 PM  

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