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Thursday, December 25, 2008


"Trainers" in Iraq

One of the guises under which U.S. troops will remain in Iraq despite the terms of the recently-signed SOFA is as "trainers." Local ABC News tonight included a segment on one of those people, someone who had just returned from Iraq where his unit had been "training Iraqi police." His unit also sustained 19 casualties. Just in case you thought "training" was something you did in classrooms or on parade grounds.

It seems highly unlikely a unit of "trainers" would sustain 19 casualties if it were not "taking the fight to the 'enemy'"; in other words, doing pretty much the same thing any other soldier is doing. Unfortunately, that change in terminology will be enough to placate a certain percentage of the American public. Most certainly including the corporate media and the "antiwar" Democrats in Congress.

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