A Vietnam deja vu is emerging in Iraq. Like back then, it now becomes evident that the worlds most sophisticated military power are checkmated by
faulty or wrong, sometimes by no intelligence at all. By simply not knowing what goes on. That the insurgency is self-sustained is what a classified
United States government report now concludes. Estimates are that groups responsible for insurgent and terrorist attacks are raising $70 million to
$200 million a year from illegal activities. $200 million is what US in one day fighting insurgency in Iraq.
A classified report, with bold heading on the front page saying "secret" and a warning, not to be shared with foreign governments, only leaked to
NYT. So I can only provide this link.
Please do yourself the favour to register (takes 30 secs) so you can read it.
A copy of the seven-page report was made available to The Times by American officials who said the findings could improve understanding of the
challenges the United States faces in Iraq.
The report offers little hope that much can be done, at least soon, to choke off insurgent revenues. For one thing, it acknowledges how little the
American authorities in Iraq know — three and a half years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein — about crucial aspects of insurgent
operations. For another, it paints an almost despairing picture of the Iraqi government’s ability, or willingness, to take steps to tamp down the
“If accurate,” the report says, its estimates indicate that these “sources of terrorist and insurgent finance within Iraq — independent of
foreign sources — are currently sufficient to sustain the groups’ existence and operation.” To this, it adds what may be its most surprising
conclusion: “In fact, if recent revenue and expense estimates are correct, terrorist and insurgent groups in Iraq may have surplus funds with which
to support other terrorist organizations outside of Iraq.”
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The report states most of the revenue of insurgent funding originates from oil smugling. They can't even control the oil! And they can't do
anything about it. A proper question to ask then, is who is in control of Iraq? Certainly not US armed forces and obviously not the marionet installed
What the true nature of the problem - to neutralize insurgency - comes down to is motivation. Or maybe rather the lack of it. The guerillas has
everything to fight for, their belief, religion, culture, their homestead, families, their security. They are top motivated - and they are in it with
The Americans - and so-called coalition forces - are there for political reasons. For quite a part of the American GIs are only there for the money.
Of course not the same money as Halliburton, KBR and the like make. But as an alternative to the idleness and unemployment of crack-infested US
metropolises. They can never be indoctrinated into any motivation. They can be fascinated by the glamour of high-tech armoury, the adrenaline kick of
faring war, and for some by the superior feeling by acting god, in killing by will as necessity. Boys are fascinated by power, some get high on it.
But the power of will to win they lack. Because even if they knew what they were fighting for, they would just give it a damn. Only the CEOs and their
boards know what the fight is for - and they would never dare to put their lives in harms way.
That's what they have expendable lives of young people for.
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