Originally posted by jsobecky
It would be nice if you could post a link that does not require a subscription.
Yes it would be.............. sorry. I'll see if I can cut and paste it and post to this string for you.
Here it is:
Iraqi forces walk off job
Members either quit or worked against U.S. in latest uprising
By Connie Cass / Associated Press
WASHINGTON — One in every 10 members of Iraq’s security forces worked against U.S. troops during the recent militia violence in Iraq, and an
additional 40 percent walked off the job because of intimidation, the commander of the 1st Armored Division said.
In an interview beamed by satellite from Baghdad to news executives attending the Associated Press annual meeting, Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey said the
campaign in Iraq was at a critical point.
“We have to get this latest increase in violence under control,” Dempsey said. “We have to take a look at the Iraqi security forces and learn why they
The militia violence aggravated underlying troubles in Iraq’s new military and police forces — the unfulfilled desire for “some Iraqi hierarchy in
which to place their trust and confidence” and a reluctance by Iraqis to take up arms against their countrymen, Dempsey said.
“It’s very difficult at times to convince them that Iraqis are killing fellow Iraqis and fellow Muslims, because it’s something they shouldn’t have to
accept,” he said. “Over time I think they will probably have to accept it.”
The failure of Iraqi security forces to perform is significant because it could hurt the United States’ overall exit strategy from Iraq, which is
dependent on moving U.S. troops out of the cities and handing authority to Iraqis. Officials have said the U.S. military would delay its withdrawal
from parts of Iraq until Iraqi forces were ready to take control.
In one example of the problems, on April 5, a newly created Iraqi army battalion of several hundred soldiers refused to join U.S. Marines in their
offensive against insurgents in the city of Fallujah.
Dempsey maintained that popular support for the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is still “very solid.”
But he acknowledged “a form of descending consent” for the U.S. military presence occurring among Iraqis as time passes.
“There is a point where it doesn’t matter how well we’re doing, it won’t be accepted that we have a large military presence here,” he said. “We’re all
working very diligently trying to figure out where that point is.”
Not the WSJ one I saw and can’t get back to…….but it’s the story. Original ytaken or in whole from AP wire