Regarding the 11.6 million tons of equipment currently used by our troops in Iraq (as stated in Newsweek), if we need it to fight against Al Qaeda, the less trained Iraqi troops need it even more to be successful in the same fight. Any training needed for a proper usage of this equipment could be provided by a very limited number of US advisors or by bringing the Iraqis to the USA for skill drills. Instead of spending an additional $300 billion dollars waging the Iraq War for an additional three years, we could leave that equipment to the Iraqis, which would give them an upper hand in dealing with the insurgency. If we did that, nobody could say we betrayed and abandoned the Iraqis. Government support by a majority of the population, heavily armed, would have no chance of losing this war.
At the same time, we would be able to withdraw our troops within six months and buy completely new, improved equipment with the money we would save by not waging the Iraq War anymore.
But this plan would make sense only if the real intentions of the White House in Iraq matched its publicly proclaimed goals. This move would actually make the Iraqi government self-sufficient!
Jul 27 2007 - 2:47pm