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Thoughts on ISF Development and Iraq’s Ability to Defend Itself
Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 16 January 2011 | DJ Elliott

Posted on 01/16/2011 1:39:56 AM PST by DJ Elliott

This is a pure opinion piece – a rant. Most of the times I write about what I think the Iraqi Security Forces are doing or report on what they are actually doing. Some readers think that I agree with what is being done to develop those forces. Not true. I think that they are making some very dangerous errors.

Politics – the Ruling Politicians are in Fantasyland

When I outlined my top 5 procurement priorities if I were the Iraqi Minister of Defense in an e-mail, one of my regulars replied: “Actually DJ your top priority should be the agreement to keep US forces in Iraq after 2011. All the items below are secondary.” He was quite correct.

However, both the current US and Iraqi administrations apparently do not want to listen to realistic appraisals of the ability of the ISF to defend Iraq in 2012. The ISF is a good counter-insurgency force but, it is incapable of defending Iraq against a conventional invasion. The ISF was never planned to be ready for external defense in 2012 – that capability was planned for 2020. Both US and Iraqi politicians chose the 2012 withdraw date without regard to military advice.

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TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: arms; iraq; security
As said, just my opinion. And you know what they say about that...
1 posted on 01/16/2011 1:40:00 AM PST by DJ Elliott
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To: DJ Elliott
"As said, just my opinion. And you know what they say about that..."

Yeah. They say "Post the whole thing here, or we're not going to read it."
2 posted on 01/16/2011 1:47:06 AM PST by shibumi (Another flashing chance at bliss - another kiss...)
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To: shibumi

If they are not interested, they can ignore it.

If they are interested, they are probably reading my site already - it is the primary source for all ISF OOBs in the public domain...

3 posted on 01/16/2011 1:57:32 AM PST by DJ Elliott (Montrose Toast Blog)
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