Let’s give more guns, bombs training to a group of people not necessarily in tune with our political wants or needs.
WASHINGTON: A new and classified American military proposal outlines an intensified effort to enlist tribal leaders in the frontier areas of Pakistan in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, as part of a broader effort to bolster Pakistani forces against an expanding militancy, American military officials said.
I seem to recall this not working so well earlier in our escapades in Iraq. Although the article says
The proposal is modeled in part on a similar effort by American forces in Anbar Province in Iraq that has been hailed as a great success in fighting foreign insurgents there. But it raises the question of whether such partnerships can be forged without a significant American military presence in Pakistan. And it is unclear whether enough support can be found among the tribes.
“Hailed” by whom exactly? Seeing as 2007 is officially the bloodiest year on record for this fun little jaunt in the sand-filled paradise that is Iraq, how can arming more people who have given refuge to Al-Qaeda types be anything but bad? I’m going to stop reading the goddamn news. It’s killing my blood pressure.