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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Soldiers believe Iraq security forces control of the country will take decades

Stay the course?
The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., predicted last week that Iraqi security forces would be able to take control of the country in 12 to 18 months. But several days spent with American units training the Iraqi police illustrated why those soldiers on the ground believe it may take decades longer than Casey's assessment.

Seventy percent of the Iraqi police force has been infiltrated by militias, primarily the Mahdi Army, according to Shaw and other military police trainers. Police officers are too terrified to patrol enormous swaths of the capital. And while there are some good cops, many have been assassinated or are considering quitting the force.

"None of the Iraqi police are working to make their country better," said Brig. Gen. Salah al-Ani, chief of police for the western half of Baghdad. "They're working for the militias or to put money in their pocket."
Okay, lets take a look at the scorecard and see where we're at now.

The rationale for going to war in Iraq was a complete lie.

American forces are stuck in the middle of a civil war.

American Deaths:
Since war began (3/19/03): 2816

Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) 2679

Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 2350

Since Handover (6/29/04): 1950

Since Election (1/31/05): 1380

Total Wounded: 21077

Over 100 soliders dies in October making the month one of the bloodiest in years.

Aprox 50,000 Iraqis have lost their lives.

We've been in Iraq longer than we were in World War II.

Now we hear that...the Iraq security forces has been infiltrated by militias and the country will not be able to police itself any time soon.

When is enough enough? Republicans like Joe Lieberman, Chris Shays, Nancy Johnson, and Rob Simmons continue to cheerlead President Bush's failed Iraq strategy.

Had enough?