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“Abizaid, Give Me Back My Legions!”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 2, 2007

Share this story with any “let’s-kill-the-Iranians-too” wingnuts you know:

The U.S. military drive to train and equip Iraq’s security forces has unwittingly strengthened anti-American Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia, which has been battling to take over much of the capital city as American forces are trying to secure it.

U.S. Army commanders and enlisted men who are patrolling east Baghdad, which is home to more than half the city’s population and the front line of al-Sadr’s campaign to drive rival Sunni Muslims from their homes and neighborhoods, said al-Sadr’s militias had heavily infiltrated the Iraqi police and army units that they’ve trained and armed.

“Half of them are JAM. They’ll wave at us during the day and shoot at us during the night,” said 1st Lt. Dan Quinn, a platoon leader in the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, using the initials of the militia’s Arabic name, Jaish al Mahdi. “People (in America) think it’s bad, but that we control the city. That’s not the way it is. They control it, and they let us drive around. It’s hostile territory.”

It gets worse from there:

His recruits began flooding into the Iraqi army and police, receiving training, uniforms and equipment either directly from the U.S. military or from the American-backed Iraqi Defense Ministry.

The infiltration by al-Sadr’s men, coupled with his strength in Iraq’s parliament after U.S.-backed elections, gave him leeway to operate death squads throughout the capital, according to more than a week of interviews with American soldiers patrolling Baghdad. Some U.S.-trained units carried out sectarian killings themselves, while others, manning checkpoints, allowed militiamen to pass.


Iraqi soldiers, for example, often were pushed into the field by Iraqi commanders who didn’t give them adequate food, clothing or shelter, said Etienne, a 1st Infantry Division platoon leader.

Etienne was on patrol one day when he saw Iraqi soldiers eating fresh vegetables and meat. The afternoon before, the same soldiers had complained that they had only scraps of food left. Who’d brought them their meal? It had come courtesy of Muqtada al-Sadr.

“Who’s feeding the Iraqi army? Nobody. So JAM will come around and give them food and water,” Etienne said. “We try to capture hearts and minds, well, JAM has done that. They’re further along than us.”

And if that’s not enough:

A patrol from Etienne’s company stopped by a Sunni neighborhood in east Baghdad last week. Two days earlier, three 60 mm mortar rounds fired from a nearby Shiite area, presumably by al-Sadr’s militiamen, had hit a group of children who were playing on a rooftop. Two children died, and another lost most of a leg. A funeral tent stood empty in the middle of the street.

A soldier with a U.S. Army tactical human-intelligence team – who goes only by his last name, Brady, because of the sensitivity of his work – gathered a group of Sunni men to ask about neighborhood security.

One of the men, who said his name was Abbas al Dulaimi, asked, “When the Mahdi Army comes here, why does the Iraqi army help them shoot people?”

“I was behind a car at the checkpoint on the bridge. I saw an Iraqi army soldier open the trunk,” said another man, who gave only his first name, Ahmed. “There were two men in there. The driver showed the soldier his Mahdi Army ID, and the soldier saluted him and let him drive away.”

Brady didn’t contradict any of the accounts. He took careful notes, shaking his head sympathetically at their stories of an Iraqi army gone astray.

He handed out a business card with a cell phone number to call in case of another Mahdi Army attack.

“We will send Iraqi army units that we trust,” Brady said.

Abbas al Dulaimi stared at Brady, a blond man sitting in a circle of Iraqis, and spoke as if he were explaining something to a child.

“But if the Mahdi Army comes in here,” Abbas al Dulaimi said, “they will come with the support of the Iraqi army.”

Brady didn’t contradict him.

Let’s see here:

1) Bush wants to attack (majority-Shiite) Iran.

2) Because he didn’t like the (secular/Sunni) Baathists in the old Iraqi Army, Bush dumped them all, which allowed the (Shiite) Mahdi Army to burrow into the new Iraqi Army, to the point where they are pretty much the same thing.

3) Bush has given the new Mahdi/Iraqi Army lots of weapons and training.

And Bush expects the Mahdi/Iraqi Army to fight on our side when Bush orders the bombing of Iran? Think again.
The Green Zone is going to be overrun within a week of the first planes unloading their payloads over Iranian soil. The airport will be taken, Route Irish will be cut off, and while the troops guarding the Green Zone will inflict heavy casualties, they can only hold out for so long without supplies. When they run out of bullets, they die. And so will the people they are guarding.

And Bush, who will not understand nor care about any of this beyond the feeling that one of his fraternity brothers has just wrecked the car he loaned him, will be in the Oval Office screaming “Abizaid, give me back my legions!”

Or, assuming Bush the Boy-King is willing to wait until April to attack Iran: “Fallon, give me back my legions!”

This will be a replay of Varus versus Herrmann in the Teutoberger Wald. Except that neither Abizaid nor Fallon will be at fault when their commands are hacked to ribbons. The blame will be all on Emperor Augustus’ George W. Bush’s head.

One Response to ““Abizaid, Give Me Back My Legions!””

  1. jo6pac said

    No it’s not getting bad, we should of set down and talk them when it was still a slam dunk.

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