Sunni Militiamen and US

I saw this a while back and wanted to comment on it.  Nezua has a great catch:

“THE BAGHDAD PATRIOTS.” Like “the minutemen of the American Revolution,” eh? Interesting angle. Bet you didn’t know that Karl Rove was in Baghdad, and reading my blog. “call themselves the Baghdad Patriots,” indeed. Couldn’t we have used a term from Iraqi culture, at least? Made it seem plausible? Oh…but I guess if we did that, then Americans wouldn’t be roused by this new perverse alliance in that…Fourth of July sort of way, eh? (And right on time! Are we a nation that understands marketing tie-ins, or what?)

How suspicious is that?  As for the wisdom of what we are getting ourselves into over there, I am not exactly encourage from the Washington Post article:

“Hell, nothing else has worked in Amiriyah,” he said.

So why not jump in?  Not like they will turn on us or anything (emphasis mine):

a group that American soldiers believe includes insurgents who have attacked them in the past

“Let’s be honest, the enemy now is not the Americans, for the time being,” Suleiman said. “It’s al-Qaeda and the [Shiite] militias. Those are our enemies.”

Just looking at the logic of all of this is enough to send anyone spinning (Nezua):

Let me just get this straight, tho: America’s military, unprovoked, invaded a non-threatening country and deposed its (Sunni) leader…then cut loose his military forces…who later attacked American soldiers in great numbers…while the American forces were trying to train a new Iraqi Army…who the US is now abandoning…to arm and empower the Sunni militants. Again.

And we are looking at giving them police powers.  Insurgents (article):

He is now working to fashion the group into the beginnings of an Amiriyah police force, since the mainly Shiite police force refuses to work in the area.

We are going to supply them with arms:

Kuehl said later that he would probably supply weapons to the militiamen, but in limited amounts.

If this is a PR stunt, it sure as hell ain’t working on the troops:

The tank driver, Spec. Estevan Altamirano, 25, expressed skepticism about his new partners.

“Pretty soon they run out of al-Qaeda, and then they’re going to turn on us,” he said. “I don’t want to get used to them and then I have an AK behind my back. I’m not going to trust them at all.”

I think we just turned another corner.

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3 Responses

  1. I said this in Nezuas blog and I think it bears repeating here:

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend, until my enemy is dead.”

  2. Yeah this stratagey is great it worked in Afganistan, Iraq, Iran, South America, and Southeast Asia in the 80’s. Oh wait what am i thinking this is a horrible idea, absolutly stupid but what do you expect from the administration that brought you such other good ideas as no child left behind and the Iraq war?

  3. 1. Rafael, that does bear repeating. I guess we’ll be safe then, given the current state of affairs in Iraq.

    2. Let someone smart steer things for a while? Just a thought. You’d think history would be a more frequently referenced advisor. But this is a strategy born of desperation. How desperate do we have to be to choose this ? I shudder to think of the danger this will put our troops in when our new friends decide our common enemy is no longer a threat.

    Its come down to desperation dictating our wartime strategy.

    It is past time: We need to bring our troops home.

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