The L.A. Times reports that Fallouja units trained by our Marines have been disbanded. After training, arming and paying the Iraqi military force, it is now feared that they will actually become part of the insurgency terrorizing the area. Our government is admitting this is a failure.
“The Fallouja Brigade is done, over,” said Marine Col. Jerry L. Durrant, who oversees the 1st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s involvement with Iraqi security forces. “The whole Fallouja Brigade thing was a fiasco. Initially it worked out OK, but it wasn’t a good idea for very long.”
…Discontent rippled through the group, many of whose members had hoped that it would remain intact and eventually become a unit of the new army. Judging by members’ comments, it seemed likely that some would openly rejoin the insurgency, in which many had been involved before joining the brigade. In doing so, they would be able to fight with weapons provided to them by the Marines, who also paid them monthly salaries.
That will make it all the more difficult for U.S. troops and Iraqi government forces to retake Fallouja â€” currently a “no go” area for U.S. forces.
This is an enormous failure by the Bush administration on so many levels — the policy is a complete and utter disaster in both military and human terms. Basically our tax dollars have gone to teach Iraqis the best ways to kill and injure our own troops over there, and there is no end in sight. Every family that has someone over there should read that article. Bush’s numbers should be in freefall simply because of crap like this.