Monday, July 25, 2005

Really? We Had No Idea ...

From CNN:

U.S. study: Insurgents infiltrate Iraq police
Report suggests turning over recruiting to Iraq government

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Insurgents and other criminals have infiltrated Iraqi police ranks due to poor screening procedures by U.S. forces, according to a joint report released Monday by the U.S. Defense Department and State Department.
"Recruitment and vetting procedures are faulty," said the report from the inspectors general of both departments.
"Despite recent improvements, too many recruits are marginally literate; some show up for training with criminal records or physical handicaps."
The 100-page report went on to say there was "sufficient evidence to conclude" that insurgents were "among the ranks of the Iraq police service."

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"There is a perception that training programs have produced 'cannon fodder' -- numbers of nominal policemen incapable of defending themselves, let alone the Iraqi public."

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The report comes after a recent Pentagon assessment on the status of Iraq reported that half of Iraqi police battalions were capable of carrying out operations against insurgents. (Full story)
Pentagon officials said the joint report was a snapshot from two to three months ago and some said recently that police recruiting has been improving.

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Hmm, the Iraqi police are subject to infiltration by insurgents?

Three words:

No. Shit. Sherlock.


Blogger Gina said...

They come out with comments like "we had no idea" or "there was no reason to believe"

You'd think that our country was being run by a bunch of people who had the reasoning skills of a five year old...I had no idea that if I pulled the dog's tail it would bit me...

11:59 PM EDT  

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