Monday, December 12, 2005

About those Iraqi battalions

who according to noted Iraqi expert Senator Rick Santorum on WPHT-1210 AM in Philadelphia, "there are more and more of every day"....but according to the Baltimore Sun...we need more time to train them. Why? A few of the problems:
"It's a cash-and-carry society," said Mike Zacchea, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve who fought with Iraqi forces in Fallujah in the fall of last year. "There are no banks. They have to physically bring their pay home. There's a lot of absenteeism."

Zacchea said Iraqi commanders often pad the number of soldiers in a unit because the "ghost soldiers" help boost the amount of money a commander can receive for troops' pay and equipment.
Oh, joy.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Jeff said...

So in other words, we really don't know when our troops will come home, because the true number of combat-ready Iraqi troops is...fungible?

December 18, 2005 11:35 AM  

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