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The Pentagon Failure

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Submitted by Leonard Markowitz (United States), Sep 11, 2005 at 20:36

I continue to support our invasion of Iraq. However, the problems, both in Afghanistan and Iraq are caused by both an Incompetant military high command and a dreamer as Secretary of Defense.

Our valiant young people are ill trained and ill equipped to fight this type of warfare. Our military brass still prepares our troops to fight the Red Army and the German Wehrmacht. Both our military and CIA Operations people do not have the "street smarts" to cope with the hit and run tactics being used against us in both of the aforementioned countries. More importantly, we do not have sufficient troops to cope with the tremendous infiltration of Muslim terrorists streaming across the unprotected Iraqui borders.

The day Sadaam's statue was torn-down in Baghdad and we did nothing to stop the looting of national Iraqi treasure, our image as "cream puffs" emerged in the minds of the Iraqis, especially the Sunnis.

Depending on the Iraqi army to assume control of security is also nonsense. The two worst armies in the world, the Iraqi and Iranian armies, spent eight years fighting each other to a draw. We should expect no more competance from the Iraqi army than we did from the South Vietnamese army over forty years ago.

Regardless of what we do or don't do, Iraq will split into three nations after a very bloody civil war. A Shiite South, a Kurdish North and a Sunni mid-section.

Leonard Markowitz
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