A Military Solution for Iraq

Front Page Magazine Ralph Peters November 2, 2006

We went to Iraq to overthrow a police state. Through a combination of stubbornness, naivete and noble intentions, we’ve replaced it with another police state – more violent, more corrupt and less accountable.

As an Army officer remarked to me, Saddam’s starting to look good.

Our greatest setback in Iraq may be that country’s undoing: It has proven impossible to develop an honest, nonpartisan police establishment anywhere in the country’s Arab provinces. The police aren’t feared by criminals, but by law-abiding citizens.

The secret police are back, in the form of death squads. And the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki looks perfectly happy with the situation.

American advisers risk their lives in the struggle to build Iraqi police units committed to doing their duty. We’ve equipped them, trained them and led from the front.

In gratitude, Iraq’s police have ambushed our troops, fielded death squads less restrained than those under Saddam, stolen everything they could steal in preparation for a future civil war – and, apparently, funneled U.S.-provided arms to militias, insurgents and terrorists.

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