Are you a liberal supporter of withdrawing American troops from Iraq ASAP? Wondering why your side couldn't get it done? Read this Los Angeles Times piece (and the excellent comments of Ed Morrissey about it):
For almost three years, training the Iraqi army has been among the top
priorities for the U.S. military. And for nearly that long, U.S.
officials have considered it among their chief frustrations.
Now, with President Bush under steady pressure to begin pulling
U.S. troops from Iraq, the administration once again is emphasizing the
need to train Iraqi forces to take over the country's security.
But despite some signs of progress, both Iraqis and their American
advisors at this training range are blunt about how much work remains:
If a U.S. pullout comes anytime soon, most say, the Iraqi army will
"Honestly put, I think Iraq would be challenged to remain a unified
country," said Marine Lt. Col. William Redman, the senior advisor at
"I've seen anarchy, and we're right on the brink of it right now. If
we go in a year or two years, it's going to be a complete mess," said
retired Army 1st Sgt. Jerry Massey, a 21-year veteran who trains Iraqis
in how to spot and respond to threats. "We can't leave here for another
five years, minimum."