Friday, August 03, 2007

Send lawyers, guns and money, The $hit has hit the fan

The US government cannot account for 190,000 weapons issued to Iraqi security

in 2004 and 2005, according to an investigation carried out by the Government Accountability Office.
The weapons disappeared from records between June 2004 and September 2005, as the military struggled to rebuild the disbanded Iraqi forces from scratch amid increasing attacks from Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias.

Since 2004 the military "has not consistently collected supporting records confirming the dates the equipment was received, the quantities of equipment delivered, or the Iraqi units receiving the items," the report said.

"Since 2006 the command has placed greater emphasis on collecting the supporting documents. However, GAO's review of the January 2007 property books found continuing problems with missing and incomplete records."

US commanders often accuse foreign powers such as Iran of supplying arms to illegal militias fighting in Iraq, but the report shows they cannot fully account for the hundreds thousands of weapons they brought in themselves.
Once again the US is arming terrorists/dictators who will eventually turn those guns on us. We armed the Taliban, we armed Saddam, we armed Noriega, we armed Iran.

At what point does someone in the US Gov't go "Duh! We've got to stop giving guns (warplanes, warships, munitions) to people!"

Cross posted at VidiotSpeak