Monday, August 06, 2007

Open Arms

If an armed society is a polite society, Iraq should change its name to David-Fucking-Brodeeristan:

The Pentagon has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to a new government report, raising fears that some of those weapons have fallen into the hands of insurgents fighting U.S. forces in Iraq.

The author of the report from the Government Accountability Office says U.S. military officials do not know what happened to 30 percent of the weapons the United States distributed to Iraqi forces from 2004 through early this year as part of an effort to train and equip the troops. The highest previous estimate of unaccounted-for weapons was 14,000, in a report issued last year by the inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

The United States has spent $19.2 billion trying to develop Iraqi security forces since 2003, the GAO said, including at least $2.8 billion to buy and deliver equipment. But the GAO said weapons distribution was haphazard and rushed and failed to follow established procedures, particularly from 2004 to 2005, when security training was led by Gen. David H. Petraeus, who now commands all U.S. forces in Iraq.

The Pentagon did not dispute the GAO findings, saying it has launched its own investigation and indicating it is working to improve tracking. Although controls have been tightened since 2005, the inability of the United States to track weapons with tools such as serial numbers makes it nearly impossible for the U.S. military to know whether it is battling an enemy equipped by American taxpayers.

Surely not David Petraeus, the man who can do no wrong according to all serious weenie munchers on both sides of the aisle!

Thank God the Bush Pentagon didn't do anything that would truly endanger American troops, like writing an article about troops engaged in petty acts of a crass or offensive nature.

And it seems perhaps the word Accountability is a misnomer:

The GAO is studying the financing and weapons sources of insurgent groups, but that report will not be made public. "All of that information is classified," said Joseph A. Christoff, the GAO's director of international affairs and trade.

I think it's safe to say that the insurgents already know who's financing them and supplying them with weapons. Perhaps it might help for us to know why the Administration hasn't manage to cut off those supplies -- for the sake of -- that's right -- accountability.

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