The Vanishing Iraqi Army

I vividly recall during the 2004 election President Bush blasting John Kerry for daring to question the efficiency of the Iraqi army. The president boasted nearly 200,000 Iraqi soldiers were well trained and ready to fight. American soldiers are fighting in a 380 square mile area of marshlands located south of Baghdad. So far, there is not a single Iraqi soldier fighting with them. As General Rick Lynch notes: “We’re all very frustrated. We’re fighting to fix this country.” Sort of hard to fix a country when your allies never show up.

By the way, Mr. President, 11,000 Iraqi soldiers were assigned to fight in the Bacqubah area and 1,500 showed up. Mr. Bush, could you please tell us where are the 200,000 Iraqi soldiers you claimed were trained and ready to fight in 2004?