Monday, November 12, 2007

190,000 Weapons lost in Iraq

Photo by Wathiq Khuzaie/Getty Images
As we have covered here before:


Weapons were sold lost by U.S. Military officers in Iraq apparently within hours or days of arriving by plane. --
Already there is evidence that some American-supplied weapons fell into the hands of guerrillas responsible for attacks against Turkey

Gosh, ya think?!?
Many of those weapons were issued when Gen. David H. Petraeus, now the top American commander in Iraq, was responsible for training and equipping Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005.

Oh, I am so surprised that this incompetence has a name. I suppose this was in the COIN manual he wrote. Section 5-23: "Do such a incredibly bad job managing things that weapons are handed to every malcontent, loser, and terrorist who wants one". I guess I missed that chapter in the manual too. It doesn't look like David was alone in his fuck-ups though:
Maj. John Isgrigg III and Maj. Timmy W. Cox were assigned to issue weapons to the Iraqi military and national guard from early 2004 to 2005...[snip]..."We had folks getting killed because equipment wasn’t moving," said Col. Randy Hinton, the majors’ superior officer. Were there times when all the right forms were not signed? Probably. But we had a mission to do, and we were going to do it the best way we could at that time.


"folks getting killed because equipment wasn’t moving."

I gotta tell ya, that sounds like complete fucking bullshit. These officers need to be court martial-ed. This shit is just out of control over there. U.S. bank accounts need to be frozen for all these people involved. A war zone is a ripe for pickings by slick operators. These logistic systems that these officers bypassed are in place for exactly these reasons. This a complete failure all the way up the chain of command. We aren't talking about Lieutenants and Captains here and we aren't talking about chump change. Somebody got rich, and it sounds like a lot of somebodies. Make no mistake, bullets from these very guns are in the bodies of U.S. soldiers. They should hang whomever is responsible.