October 20th, 2004

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We build them up, they walk away.

At least 300 Iraqi soldiers deserted when they were deployed to Samarra earlier this month.

That's a huge amount to just walk away... and what isn't pointed out is what this does.

Almost certainly, those who left were predominantly Arab, who don't want to fight their own. This means that the bulk of the Iraqi army will be associated with the Kurds... and the thought of armed Kurds going to other parts of Iraq and potentially killing people there is likely to create bigger factional rifts in Iraq, as well as discrediting the validity of the Iraqi army. The Iraqis won't view it as the people's army, but as an extention of the occupying force.

Also of note is that there are reports that the resistance have infiltrated the army. In other words, we're paying to train and arm Iraqi army forces who promptly leave the military, only to attack our soldiers. Some of these potential resistance fighters get discovered and have been quietly mustered out, but most of them appear to stay in until they get their training. This would also explain beligerent statements from members of the resistance that if the army or police moved against them, they'd be given immediate notification before they even left.

As a result, much of Iraq is locked in a state of increasing paranoia. Westerners can be kidnapped by almost anyone, who can, in turn, sell them to the headcutters. Iraqis aren't safe from the kidnappings either, with the savings of an entire extended family being depleted to free relatives... and Iraqi police are reported as just driving on by if they see a kidnapped Westerner. Go along to get along.
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Bush administration to Christians - Pat Robertson is a liar!

Amazing.

"I met with (Bush) down in Nashville before the Gulf War started . . . He was just sitting there, like, I'm on top of the world, and I warned him about this war. I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings. And I was trying to say, Mr. President, you better prepare the American people for casualties. "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." . . . The Lord told me it was going to be, A, a disaster and, B, messy. And before that, I had deep, in my spirit, I had deep misgivings about going into Iraq." - Pat Robertson

"The president never made such a comment." - Scott McClellan, White House press secretary

So, why is the White House calling America's most influential Christian a liar? Why didn't Bush listen to the Pope when *HE* warned Bush about the war too?

Bush never makes mistakes. Only God does...