Thursday, June 14, 2007

Is this insane or what?

Sunni insurgents in Iraq, like the guys pictured here, soon will be receiving weapons courtesy of the U.S. military on the promise that they'll use them only against Al-Qaeda forces.

Oh, yeah. That'll work.

The New York Times reports that some U.S. officers are opposed to this enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend strategy and consider it to be fraught with risk.

What we're talking about here is giving arms to people who have been known to attack our troops and innocent Iraqi civilians. This deal raises the distinct possibility that the next kid to come home to Rockford in a box from Iraq will have been killed by a weapon our government willingly gave to some crazed Sunni insurgent.

But, hey, have a happy Flag Day.

1 comment:

MR. BASEBALL said...

This wouldn't be the first time we supplied weapons to someone else and had them used against us. Some of the weapons Iraq used in the Gulf War were given to Saddam by the U.S. when Iraq was fighting Iran in the 80's. Many Americans also don't realize that al-Qaida grew out of the Taliban who were fighting the Soviets when they invaded Afghanistan. We supported the Taliban with weapons and other aid. In essense, we helped make
al-Qaida what it is today. We keep making the same mistakes over and over again.