Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Here's a Shi'ite-load of guns... just don't shoot them at us. 'Kay? Thanks!!!

From the New York Times:
U.S. Arming Sunnis in Iraq to Battle Old Qaeda Allies
BAGHDAD, June 10 — With the four-month-old increase in American troops showing only modest success in curbing insurgent attacks, American commanders are turning to another strategy that they acknowledge is fraught with risk: arming Sunni Arab groups that have promised to fight militants linked with Al Qaeda who have been their allies in the past.
This is my favorite line in the article:
In exchange for American backing, these officials say, the Sunni groups have agreed to fight Al Qaeda and halt attacks on American units.
The article then continues, reminding us that we just spent $15 billion (BILLION) training 350,000 Iraqi army and police force who... wait for it... ...are heavily SHI'ITE.

Read it and weap here.

Um, I'm just spit-ballin' here, but isn't this how we ended up with Bin Laden et al. back when he was fighting the Soviets? Hey, what the fuck, right? Let's see what happens. What are the chances we're suppling our enemies with American weapons, right? 'Cause that'd just be crazy.

PS: Sorry couldn't resist using the shi'ite joke. I know Stewart used it all ready. :-/

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