Friday, December 29, 2006

Too Little, Too Late?

U.S. military to press for more training of Iraqis - 29 Dec 2006 at 11:39am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will press for intensive training of Iraqi forces, not an overhaul of tactics or strategy, as it seeks a solution for a war the United States is not winning, defense officials said.
That sounds good, but why didn't they press for intensive training three years ago? Is this the Gates influence at work? As I recall, back in 2003 Germany offered to help train Iraqi security forces; has Iraq taken advantage of that opportunity?

Disputed Florida election to spill onto House floor - 29 Dec 2006 at 2:52pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A disputed election result in a House of Representatives race in Florida will be one of the first items raised when the Democratic-controlled House convenes next week, injecting partisan politics into the start of the 110th Congress.

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