Thursday, June 23, 2005

Iraqi troops against Iran

Gorilla in the Room notices a wild quote from Leslie Gelb, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, in an article in the Boston Globe:

"In a report to the council, Gelb was scathing about America efforts to train an Iraqi army. 'If you ask any Iraqi leader, they will tell you these people can't fight. They just aren't trained. And yet we're cranking them out like rabbits.' As for plans to train a 10 division Iraqi army by next year, Gelb was scathing. 'It became very apparent to me that these 10 divisions were to fight some future war against Iran. It had nothing to do, nothing to do,' with taking Iraq over from the Americans and fighting the insurgents."

Wow! This means:

  1. All the talk that the United States troops can be removed from Iraq as soon as Iraqi troops can be trained to do the job is just crap (a fact which should be obvious from the complete ineffectiveness of the Iraqis and the fact they appear to be infiltrated by the resistance);

  2. Use of Iraqi troops against Iran, besides being completely loopy, is guaranteed to create World War III in the Middle East, something the neocons want; and

  3. The fact that Gelb, as insider as an insider can be, is angrily stating this in public is a strong indication that there is major-league conflict in Washington over the neocon plans for Iraq and Iran.

As you may remember, Gelb was the first prominent American to mention the break-up of Iraq into three mini-states.