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October 12, 2004

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From today's electronic issue of the NRO:

Speed indeed: When Iraqi SWAT commandos hit a target, they hit it hard. Racing forward in white pick-up trucks emblazoned with the unit's emblem — a black scorpion and dagger (an emblem designed by the Iraqis) — the raiders leap from the vehicles and rush toward their objective almost before the enemy has time to panic. The attackers — primarily in their early to mid-twenties — are armed with a variety of personal weapons including AK-47s and SIG Sauer assault rifles, shotguns, pistols, and grenades. They all wear khaki-colored assault suits (similar to zip-up flight suits) with an Iraqi-flag patch stitched on the shoulder. Khaki or black balaclavas cover their heads, concealing their faces. "The Iraqis like wearing balaclavas," says Douglas. "It makes them look fearless, and terrifies the enemy."


The success of the new unit has instilled "great confidence" in both SWAT-team members and regular Iraqi soldiers, says Col. Salaam Abdul al Kathom, the commander of the Iraqi SWAT team. It has also increased pride and a greater sense of security for the Iraqi people.

I'll repeat again: This is exactly what needs to happen for Iraq to become a stable, free nation. The Iraqis themselves must be able to defeat the insurgents and maintain the peace. And like a train pulling away from the station, or an aircraft carrier accelerating from a dead stop, the motion is imperceptible at first as the mass overcomes inertia. In Iraq, they are overcoming the inertia of decades of "keeping their heads down" in the hostile threat environment of Saddam al-Hussein's tyranny. The speed and progress is nearly unmistakeable now, what with stories like this and the Shia insurgents turning in weapons in Sadr City. Things will pick up speed as they move toward the election, as well, I think.

Expect us to be able to withdraw from a stable, independent, free, democratically-run Iraq by January of 2006, less than 18 months from now. It will be a beautiful day.

Posted by Nathan at 11:11 AM | Comments (5)

Iraqi bastards get Sig Sauers while Americans like me are left to defend their homes with only a Dan Wesson .357 Magnum and a .22?

Talk about unfair! I want my Sig 226 dammit!!!!

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at October 12, 2004 11:26 AM

Yeah, but it evens out. Look closer: to get the Sig Sauers, they have to hang out with Marines.
(Apologies to all members of said sister service)

Posted by: Nathan at October 12, 2004 11:28 AM

Ahem..... I happen to BE a former Marine. We may be a department of the Navy, but at least we are the Mens Department.

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at October 12, 2004 12:35 PM

Oh, wait, you're AF, or as we used to say "Civilians in Uniform"


Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at October 12, 2004 12:41 PM

Well, I also have 7 years of Army experience.

But, yeah, I'm still fond of saying that the US Air Force is the one of the finest para-military organizations this nation has ever seen.

Posted by: Nathan at October 12, 2004 12:58 PM