problem with the Iraqi army isn't lack of training, or command and control
structures, or insufficient counterinsurgency training. The forces they are
fighting -- and losing to -- don't have any of that.
reason the Iraqi army won't fight is that it lacks a reason to do so. This is a
problem of governance. Their enemies are willing to
fight and die
for their cause. They advance in Toyota
pickups, probably communicate via cellphone, and apparently have found little
opposition from Sunni inhabitants.
The problem is that many Iraqi government
soldiers are not willing to die for Maliki's version of Iraq.
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