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2003-10-20 Iraq
Allawi suggests callup of the army
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Posted by Fred Pruitt 2003-10-20 15:42|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [257 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Dont forget the training they will require. Iraq's 'regular army' is not really much of an 'army' by our standards.
Posted by CrazyFool  2003-10-20 3:58:37 PM||   2003-10-20 3:58:37 PM|| Front Page Top

#2 The Iraqi's conventional army was composed of draftees. Most draftees might not want to be called up. You might also get some bad guys showing up and getting access to barracks and weapons depots they could blow up. On the other hand this does have the advantage of giving the Iraqi's a dog in the fight, since its their fight and all.
Posted by Yank 2003-10-20 4:03:10 PM||   2003-10-20 4:03:10 PM|| Front Page Top

#3 This idea is cathing on in Afghanistan as well. At least with the guys who got laid off. Former Afghan Military Personnel Protest
Posted by Super Hose  2003-10-20 4:07:26 PM||   2003-10-20 4:07:26 PM|| Front Page Top

#4 Hummmmmmm -- wonder if Chief Wiggles' generals could play some role with this? He said they had some great ideas for putting their country back together. I've been curious about that.
Posted by Sherry 2003-10-20 5:36:54 PM||   2003-10-20 5:36:54 PM|| Front Page Top

#5 Got an earfull from a recent returnee today. Seems like our estimates of the number of border-crossers is astonishingly low. Also learned that only about one in 25 actually makes it into the country. There's a big disparity between those numbers and what we hear on CNN. My source, a recently-returned grunt, says that Iraqis provide more than half the border security, and they shoot first and ask questions of the survivors, if there are any. Also said the death toll can be as high as 300 a day. That's a hefty figure! Also heard from another source that many Iraqis are showing up at US Army locations, asking what they can do to help, including whacking and stacking bad guys. One totally volunteer effort is being trained to clear mines. Another is supposedly dredging the Tigris & Euphrates rivers of crap thrown in during Saddam's reign - everything from old bottles of cooking oil to whole trucks. Maybe giving the Iraqis more of a say in the day-to-day activity of their country is the best way to go.
Posted by Old Patriot  2003-10-20 6:36:21 PM|| []  2003-10-20 6:36:21 PM|| Front Page Top

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