Originally Posted by Willow
A source somewhat closer to the action.
Still thanks for the article supporting my point. It's all fine to say General Jasim Saleh won't be heading peacekeeping. But he's already heading the first division of 200 peacekeepers in this new bragade. He's ALREADY THERE, heading peacekeeping. Cause right now, that one division is all the Iraqi troops we've sent in. At the very least, whoever IS in charge is going to be somebody who can work with him.
I might add, after the latest news of Americans torturing Iraqis, it's hard to be confident that the vetting process is going to weed out generlas who's troops tortured people. They're being vetted
by generals who's troops tortured people.
If it's not Jasim Salih, it will be some other Iraqi general. More to the point, ANY high ranking Iraqi military officer a) was a Baathist, and b) had to at least verbally condone the tortue and murder that the regime carried on. Otherwise, they wouldn't BE high ranking military offciers.
Notice, by the way, in the BBC article, that at no point did General Myers SAY Jasim Salih would not be headed the Fallujah Brigade. He said
"There are a couple of people they're looking at, he [Gen Saleh] has been one of them. They have to be vetted in Baghdad by the coalition provisional authority and by the Iraqi Minister of Defence. My guess is, it will not be General Saleh... he will not be their leader."
"The reporting on this has been very, very bad and way ahead of the facts."
Not, "it's not true." Just, "it's not officially true YET." And of course, he said this on Fox News, a Bush administration mouthpiece he knew wouldn't challenge him.
This may be the best thing to do in a bd situation. But you have to fuck up BIG time to get to the point where THIS is the you can do. Or just have VERY bad judgement. Put two and two together.
Putting the torturers back in charge is considered, by the Bush administration, superior to giving the UN political control, or asking Congress for enough oney to deploy another hundred thousand troops. (And yes, we CAN get those troops from other countries, if we pay enough for them. We're paying everybody but the Brits, one way or another.)