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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Voices from the "underground" in Iraq

Earlier this year I noted that there were increasing numbers of reports about military commanders serving in Iraq who, when speaking off the record, expressed serious doubts about the conduct of the war. In addition to written data in news media, I have received three dependable oral reports from parents of officers who say that their sons are privately dismayed by the Administration's policies in carrying out the war.

Today comes yet another example (among countless others in recent weeks):

In explaining why the US has not allowed the Iraqi forces to upgrade their weapons from the superannuated AK-47 (Kalashnikov) to the more powerful M4 used by the American troops, a senior American officer in Baghdad said, "We're worried about civil war or a coup." He would not agree to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issues.

--Craig S. Smith, "Big Guns for Iraq? Not So Fast" NYTimes, News of the Week in Review

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