"todays ally could become tomorrows enemy"


...the Americans and Iraqis don't fully trust each other. "We're not teaching them everything we know," says one U.S. officer, asking not to be named since it's a sore topic. He's worried that today's ally could become tomorrow's enemy: "We could turn around and be fighting them in a few years."
One thing particularly angers and frustrates Iraqi soldiers today: their lack of firepower. "We want better weapons," says Col. Mohammed Wasif, commander of the Fifth Brigade in Baghdad. "What is an army without weapons?" Even Colonel Maliki complains. "The insurgents, they have better weapons or at least the same."
During the battle for Najaf, Maliki equipped his fighters by shopping at the local arms market and paying from his own pocket
About bloody time the spams realised that your friends today could be your enemy tommorow. You would have thought they might have realised that after all of their 'interventions' during the coldwar.
Surprised its taken them nearly 60 years to work this out. They propped up both Iraq and Iran under their monarchic days, and then propped up saddam against the Iranian regime of Ayatollah Khomeini.

They supported the Mujahaddin against the Russians in Afghanistan only to train Osama Bin Laden!

Now look at them. However if they don't train the Iraqis properly they will never be free of that burdensome problem!
sandy_boots said:
That's probably why the spams are not letting us have the full spec JSF
Maybe. But I think its our ever growing intanglement in the Federal European superstate thats the real underlying problem !!! Will we still have a British army in the future ? I for one hope to fcuk we do.

Regards LT.

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