Where Did Saddam's Old Army Go?

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    No he cut and run and allowed the current situation to come about.

    It was all to appease the fringe base of 2% that controls the DNC..
     
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    Who Disbanded the Iraqi Army?

    And why was nobody held accountable?

    The dispute concerns what many regard as the Bush administration's single biggest mistake in the first few months after Saddam Hussein's ouster—the order, in May 2003, to disband the Iraqi army.

    It was a move that put 250,000 young Iraqi men out of a job, out on the streets, angry, and armed—and all but guaranteed the violent chaos to come.

    Who disbanded the Iraqi army?
     
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    Bullshit.

    The interviews show that while Mr. Bush endorsed Mr. Bremer’s plan in the May 22 meeting, the decision was made without thorough consultations within government, and without the counsel of the secretary of state or the senior American commander in Iraq, said the commander, Lt. Gen. David D. McKiernan.

    The presentation also carried a caution about the risks of dismissing the army in the early months of an American occupation in a nation racked by high unemployment: “Cannot immediately demobilize 250K-300K personnel and put on the street.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/17/world/middleeast/17bremer.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
     
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    Link?
     
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    So libs,what would you have done with the iraq military?
     
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    Probably what the commanders on the ground advised, and what was the original plan:

    one that would have relied on the Iraqi military to help secure and rebuild the country, and had been approved at a White House meeting that Mr. Bush convened just 10 weeks earlier.

    When Mr. Bush convened his top national security aides before the March 2003 invasion, he was presented with a clear American plan on what to do with the Iraqi armed forces. American commanders and Jay Garner, the retired lieutenant general who served as the first American administrator in Iraq, planned to use the Iraqi military to help protect the country and as a national reconstruction force.

    The plan was outlined in a PowerPoint presentation that Douglas J. Feith, a senior aide to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, gave at a National Security Council meeting that Mr. Bush convened on March 12, eight days before the invasion began. Republican Guard units, the forces deemed most loyal to Mr. Hussein, were to be disarmed, detained and dismantled.

    But the rest of the army would be retained. Three to five of the divisions would be used to form the “nucleus” of a new Iraqi Army, according to a copy of the PowerPoint slide, which was obtained by The New York Times. Other Iraqi troops would be used as a reconstruction force to rebuild the nation.
     
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    If they were going to use them as public works labor I'd be fine with it.
    Not sure I'd want to arm a bunch Iraqis who I'd just been shooting at a few weeks ago and turn em loose among our troops. But thats just me...
     
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    It worked for Bushed why not Oblama?
     
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    They all got jobs fucking goats for the Iraqi porn industry.
     

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