Level 1,2,3 Iraqi Battallions

#2
Patraeus told an anecdote about walking into a training class in which an American sargeant was teaching a room full of Iraqis how to clean an AK-47. He interrupted the sargeant and asked the students how many of them already knew how to take apart the rifle, and virtually all of them raised their hands. He asked several of them to prove it, and two or three quickly stripped and rebuilt their weapon. The class moved on to the next subject.
 
#3
The key question - and one I've rarely seen discussed - is what the primary loyalties of the men in these units are. How they fit into some arbitrary tick the box rating system is secondary. And of course the reason it's rarely discussed is because it's a complex issue requiring careful analysis and liable to come out with answers we won't like.

Our current efforts to get Iraqi units to provide security are predicated on the assumption that they see themselves as Iraqis first in the way that inhabitants of other nation states do. If they do not see themselves as belonging to that nation rather than to an ethnic, tribal or religious sub-grouping then all we are doing is training up troops for the civil war. My personal view from my current seat is that most of them do not. I'd like to be wrong, but I don't see us doing anything to address this issue.
 
#4
Patraeus told an anecdote about walking into a training class in which an American sargeant was teaching a room full of Iraqis how to clean an AK-47. He interrupted the sargeant and asked the students how many of them already knew how to take apart the rifle, and virtually all of them raised their hands. He asked several of them to prove it, and two or three quickly stripped and rebuilt their weapon. The class moved on to the next subject.
Thank God for that, when they desert they'll take a clean rifle with them.
 
#6
What a load of 'godbless America' tripe.
 

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