Insurgents are still being insurgents when hired by the Iraqi Police, according to a U.S. study:
“Insurgents and other criminals have infiltrated Iraqi police ranks due to poor screening procedures by U.S. forces, according to a joint report released Monday by the U.S. Defense Department and State Department. “Recruitment and vetting procedures are faulty,” said the report from the inspectors general of both departments…
The 100-page report went on to say there was “sufficient evidence to conclude” that insurgents were “among the ranks of the Iraq police service.” Insurgents have carried out numerous bombings at Iraqi police and army recruiting centers — many of the attacks occurring as potential recruits waited in long lines outside.
More than 1,600 police have been killed in attacks in the past year, the report said…”
But we can’t even define “fully trained Iraqi police,” according to the study:
“To date, there are about 63,000 fully trained Iraqi police, according to Pentagon officials. But the report acknowledged the difficulty in defining the number of police who are trained and equipped. “This emphasis on numbers overshadows the attention that should be given to the qualitative performance of those trained,” the report said. “There is a perception that training programs have produced ‘cannon fodder’ — numbers of nominal policemen incapable of defending themselves, let alone the Iraqi public.”
Then where did the 63,000 police come in? Were the 1600 iraqi policemen who died not fully trained? Which numbers are right? And if we can’t get the numbers right, how can the U.S. meet its goal of 135,000 trained and equipped police by 2006? I certainly hope the U.S. government won’t tell us that they’ve met their goals by slapping some fake rifles on a group of Iraqis who can’t even read or write.
Reading news of constant insurgent attacks and being informed that the insurgency is in its “last throes” or even 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 years gives me little confidence that this administration has a viable exit strategy from Iraq.
How much more bungling do we need to see before we realize that this administration has a poorly thought out exit strategy?