WaPo Tomorrow: US Loses Track of 190, 000 Weapons in Iraq

They really have no idea where they are ….”

Tomorrow’s news today:

From Editor & Publisher:

‘Wash Post’: U.S. Loses Track of 190,000 Weapons in Iraq

By E&P Staff
Published: August 05, 2007 10:10 PM ET

NEW YORK In a front page report for The Washington Post on Monday, veteran reporter Glenn Kessler reveal that the U.S. military ” has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to a new government report, raising fears that some of those weapons have fallen into the hands of insurgents fighting U.S. forces in Iraq.”

An excerpt follows. The entire article is at www.washingtonpost.com.
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The report from the Government Accountability Office indicates that U.S. military officials do not know what happened to 30 percent of the weapons the United States distributed to Iraqi forces from 2004 through early this year as part of an effort to train and equip the troops. The highest previous estimate of unaccounted-for weapons was 14,000, in a report issued last year by the inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

The United States has spent $19.2 billion trying to develop Iraqi security forces since 2003, the GAO said, including at least $2.8 billion to buy and deliver equipment. But the GAO said weapons distribution was haphazard and rushed and failed to follow established procedures, particularly from 2004 to 2005, when security training was led by Gen. David H. Petraeus, who now commands all U.S. forces in Iraq.

The Pentagon did not dispute the GAO findings, saying it has launched its own investigation and indicating it is working to improve tracking. Although controls have been tightened since 2005, the inability of the United States to track weapons with tools such as serial numbers makes it nearly impossible for the U.S. military to know whether it is battling an enemy equipped by American taxpayers.

“They really have no idea where they are,” said Rachel Stohl, a senior analyst at the Center for Defense Information who has studied small-arms trade and received Pentagon briefings on the issue. “It likely means that the United States is unintentionally providing weapons to bad actors.”

One senior Pentagon official acknowledged that some of the weapons probably were being used against U.S. forces. He cited the Iraqi brigade created at Fallujah that quickly dissolved in September 2004 and turned its weapons against the Americans.

Well, the CEO presidency and the MBA management style continues. The Endless Clusterf*** continues. (Probably a good title for a book on the Bush Years, come to think of it.)

Courage.

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14 Responses to WaPo Tomorrow: US Loses Track of 190, 000 Weapons in Iraq

  1. “It likely means that the United States is unintentionally providing weapons to bad actors.”

    This whole mess has been like a very bad movie!

  2. “It likely means that the United States is unintentionally providing weapons to bad actors.”

    This whole mess has been like a very bad movie!

  3. Pamela: More like a bad nightmare, seems like. And the congress deciding to hand Bush MORE wiretap powers is like a bad nightmare you can’t wake up from.

    I guess this is just the sequel to them letting all those high explosives vanish right after the fall of Baghdad.

    BTW: Am I the only one, or didn’t it seem like maybe somebody mighta kinda had blackmail material ohn the Quisling Dems in the House and Senate from the FIRST illegal wiretapping to twist arms to pass the SECOND bill?

  4. Pamela: More like a bad nightmare, seems like. And the congress deciding to hand Bush MORE wiretap powers is like a bad nightmare you can’t wake up from.

    I guess this is just the sequel to them letting all those high explosives vanish right after the fall of Baghdad.

    BTW: Am I the only one, or didn’t it seem like maybe somebody mighta kinda had blackmail material ohn the Quisling Dems in the House and Senate from the FIRST illegal wiretapping to twist arms to pass the SECOND bill?

  5. Hart

    It was a forced vote with bait and switch it seems. I read the news coverage tonight and Kevin Drum has good piece too. We managed to atleast get a provision for another vote.

    The nightmare has been ongoing for too damn long now. I’m finishing reading David Talbot’s Brothers, and honestly the nightmare has been decades long. It’s time to reclaim our Democracy. We need JK to jump back in. We really do.

  6. Hart

    It was a forced vote with bait and switch it seems. I read the news coverage tonight and Kevin Drum has good piece too. We managed to atleast get a provision for another vote.

    The nightmare has been ongoing for too damn long now. I’m finishing reading David Talbot’s Brothers, and honestly the nightmare has been decades long. It’s time to reclaim our Democracy. We need JK to jump back in. We really do.

  7. J. Rhodes says:

    I’m not surprised that the U.S. lost track of weapons in Iraq. This is under the leadership of the so-called Commander-in-Chief with the support of the neocons.

    The War in Iraq is a disastrous mess and it gets worse each day. You are dealing with a Middle East culture that dates back thousands of years.

    Bush and the Bushbots radio talk show hosts will destroy this nation.

  8. J. Rhodes says:

    I’m not surprised that the U.S. lost track of weapons in Iraq. This is under the leadership of the so-called Commander-in-Chief with the support of the neocons.

    The War in Iraq is a disastrous mess and it gets worse each day. You are dealing with a Middle East culture that dates back thousands of years.

    Bush and the Bushbots radio talk show hosts will destroy this nation.

  9. J. Rhodes: You are absolutely correct. There’s an old “law” I learned working in print shops: when a job gets a screwup attached to it, or starts out wrong, that “black cloud” follows it all the way through the printing process. It goes from typeset to stat camera to pasteup to plate burning to prepress to press to bindery and it’s screwed up every step of the day.

    Some people call them “gremlins.”

    This war started bad, and nothing’s going to shake that.

  10. J. Rhodes: You are absolutely correct. There’s an old “law” I learned working in print shops: when a job gets a screwup attached to it, or starts out wrong, that “black cloud” follows it all the way through the printing process. It goes from typeset to stat camera to pasteup to plate burning to prepress to press to bindery and it’s screwed up every step of the day.

    Some people call them “gremlins.”

    This war started bad, and nothing’s going to shake that.

  11. Darrell Prows says:

    We can always go from bad to worse. I just read (MSNBC, I think) about the deterioration of the situation in Basra now that the British have scaled down. There is no one in that area for the Shiites to fight, so now they’re fighting themselves. Oh, and Iran is not to blame. Al Sadr wants it all, and he’s taking over Basra just because that’s the first place available. As we hand over control of more of the south, he’ll try to take all of that too. It’s not going to be genocide. It’s not really even going to be the civil war everyone has thought about. It’s going to be a power and money grab, and the only way it can end is winner take all.

    Given the fact that Shiites are now attacking U.S. Troops more than Sunnis/Al Qaeda, it should be clear that our staying serves no purpose. The jewel of Iraq is going to be ripe for the plucking someday, and it is on that day (whenever it comes) that Iraq will be plucked. Unless we want our soldiers to be dieing there over the coming generations we have to find the resolve to pull the plug someday.

  12. Darrell Prows says:

    We can always go from bad to worse. I just read (MSNBC, I think) about the deterioration of the situation in Basra now that the British have scaled down. There is no one in that area for the Shiites to fight, so now they’re fighting themselves. Oh, and Iran is not to blame. Al Sadr wants it all, and he’s taking over Basra just because that’s the first place available. As we hand over control of more of the south, he’ll try to take all of that too. It’s not going to be genocide. It’s not really even going to be the civil war everyone has thought about. It’s going to be a power and money grab, and the only way it can end is winner take all.

    Given the fact that Shiites are now attacking U.S. Troops more than Sunnis/Al Qaeda, it should be clear that our staying serves no purpose. The jewel of Iraq is going to be ripe for the plucking someday, and it is on that day (whenever it comes) that Iraq will be plucked. Unless we want our soldiers to be dieing there over the coming generations we have to find the resolve to pull the plug someday.

  13. Bravo, Darrell. There’s nothing I can add to your commentary, except that I agree with your sentiment and your analysis.

  14. Bravo, Darrell. There’s nothing I can add to your commentary, except that I agree with your sentiment and your analysis.