Violence Hinders Growth Of Iraqi Forces

A report by the Government Accountability Office says there has been limited progress toward developing effective Iraqi forces who are capable of handling internal security needs due to the ongoing violence in the nation. Although, there has been some progress notes the report, “persistent violence an sectarianism, along with immature ministerial capacity, continue to impede” progress. Violence has prevented the Ministry of the Interior from developing an effective intelligence network. The GAO noted there was too much evidence of an inability to be specific as to the combat effectiveness of units with continual comments that a unit is not ready at this point.

The GAO report reflects the difficulty of members of Congress from ever obtaining an accurate estimation of progress or lack of progress in Iraq. The Bush administration has continually claimed Iraq combat readiness was at a level that simply was not accurate. During the 2004 presidential election, President Bush told the nation the Iraq army would soon have 125,000 combat ready troops, a figure that has turned out to be grossly exaggerated. There is need for some mechanism which will objectively evaluate what actually is happening in Iraq.