Harder to win when you ARM THE ENEMY


Now let me get this straight. We go into Iraq and pass out 335,000 weapons. Then we forget who we gave them to. We go to check the records – but there are none. Uh huh. From Times Online.

More than 190,000 AK-47 rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005 are missing, raising fears that US and British troops are fighting an enemy armed with American weapons.
According to a damning report issued by the US Congress’s investigative office, the Pentagon has lost track of 110,000 rifles, 80,000 pistols, 135,000 items of body armor and 115,000 helmets.

Now, I know from experience that military commanders are not always the brightest bulbs in the ceiling, but what kind of bumbling idiot can lose 190,000 weapons?

The GAO audit said that weapons distribution was rushed and haphazard and failed to follow established rules of accountability. It focused on the period when training of Iraqi security forces was led by General David Petraeus, now the ground commander in charge of President Bush’s “surge” strategy. The report states that from 2004 until the end of 2005 no central record was kept of weapons distribution.

Well, now that they are aware of it, I’m sure the pentagon has cleaned up their act and gotten this extremely dangerous situation under control. NOT!

The Pentagon did not dispute the findings. According to the GAO, the Pentagon still does not have a standard recording system. It said that its review of the 2007 property books found continuing problems with missing and incomplete records.
In relation to the missing weapons, the US military was consistently unable to find supporting documents to “confirm when the equipment was received, the quantities of equipment delivered and the Iraqi units receiving the equipment.”

And lest we forget, The Guardian pops in with this reminder.

The failure of the US to account for so many missing weapons is an embarrassment for the White House after months in which it has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying weapons and explosives to the insurgents.
The Washington Post quoted a senior Pentagon official saying that some of weapons probably were being used against US forces. He cited an Iraqi brigade created in Falluja that quickly dissolved in September 2004 and turned its weapons against US troops.

So, now we have joined Iran as a major supplier of weapons to the insurgents, and Al-Qaeda. I don’t know the numbers but I’m quite sure that there are not 190,000 insurgents in Iraq. So like, how many of our rifles does each one have?

The disclosure adds to the picture of the chaotic and clumsy administration of Iraq that has been emerging over the last four years.

I’m gonna go way out on a limb here and say that, in my opinion, in a war zone, where much of the fighting is on the ground with small arms, rifles and pistols are things that somebody should be keeping track of! Jeez!

Finally, the article gave no explanation but I’m wondering why it is that the rifles we gave to the Iraqi security forces were Russian made AK-47’s.

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One Comment on “Harder to win when you ARM THE ENEMY”

  1. Capt Fogg Says:

    “what kind of bumbling idiot can lose 190,000 weapons?”

    I think you answered that quite well, but didn’t the same geniuses decide not to guard a huge munitions dump early in this “war” and thus supply enough explosives to blow our troops to pieces?

    Good question about why we were supplying them with Kalashnikovs. I’ll bet that a nice profit for some Bush/Cheney associate was a factor – not that I’m a cynic or anything.

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