Friday, October 3, 2014

Arm the Syrians. Suicide

Arm the Syrian Rebels.
Arm the Kurds.
Arm the Iraqi Loyalists.
Arm a mercenary force.

We've been hearing it every day - from both the conservatives and the Liberals, from the Hawks and the Doves.

So what could possibly be wrong with letting the locals fight the terrorists with our guns and treasure so that American blood won't be spilled?

It is a matter of stupidity.

The Iraqi air force mistakenly dropped food, water and arms to ISIS militants last month, a security official said on Wednesday.

“Some pilots transporting aid – arms and food – did not drop the relief to some soldiers in besieged areas especially Brigades 1 and 30,” Hakim Al-Zamili, a member of the Parliament’s security and defense committee, told Al Arabiya News.

“The pilots either do not have enough experience, intelligence or it was a technical mistake,” Ghassan Attiyah, president of the Iraqi Foundation for Development and Democracy, told Al Arabiya News.

“In order for strikes to be precise, there needs to be advanced equipment coupled with on-the-ground intelligence to help them locate [ISIS] targets,” the London-based Attiyah, who authored “The Making of Iraq: 1908-20,” said.

Attiyah said mistakes are not uncommon in wars where the frontlines are often blurry and noted the limited “coordination” between Iraq’s air forces and ground troops.

Erbil-based analyst Ali Abdulamir blamed the pilot’s “weak experience” for the incident.
The convenient excuse: lousy pilots. Fog of war. Shit happens. Yes it does, but it happens more frequently when there’s insufficient command and control. In other words, the fish stinks from the head down.

“U.S. reports say that a quarter of the Iraqi forces are capable, and this is to beautify the shameful face of the so-called Iraqi army,” Abdulamir said.

“This is incorrect, there are no Iraqi forces; the Iraqi army collapsed and what we have are militias who volunteered,” he added.

Only one question remains:  Who will win the stupidity contest?  Will it be Barack Obama, or Moms and Dads of dead Americans?

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